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Marceau's killer raised no flags: GP

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/06/2017

A man who fatally stabbed an Auckland teen while on bail seemed to be responding well to medication a month before the killing, a doctor has told an inquest.

Christie Marceau, 18, was stabbed to death in November 2011 at her North Shore home, barely a month after Akshay Anand Chand was released on bail to within a kilometre of the house.

This was despite him facing charges of kidnapping her and holding her at knifepoint, and the teen expressing fears for her own safety.

Chand, then 18, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering the teen and detained as a special patient.

At a coroner's inquest into the death on Tuesday, forensic nurse Robin Byrt - who wrote a letter to he court the day Chand was bailed saying he appeared "stable", denied being a risk and that custodial staff reported no concerns - told the inquest he would have ideally liked to have more time for his assessment.

He said their meeting in a police cell that morning had only been about 15 minutes long and Chand had been fairly unresponsive.

"There's always pressure on to see people and get reports done," he said.

Chand's GP, Ajay Makal, told the inquest there had been nothing in his assessment or a check carried out while Chand was in custody that pointed to symptoms of psychosis.

He noted that during his first brief consultation after being bailed, Chand would not say why he had been in prison, but had said his medication was helping him and denied having thoughts about hurting himself or anyone else.

"He had been accepting of help, attending his scheduled appointments and seemed to be responding well to antidepressant medication," he said.

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