Christie Marceau's parents call bail system ‘a disaster’

Drive 06/03/2018
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Listen to the full interview with Tracey and Brian Marceau above.

The parents of murdered teen Christie Marceau say the Coroner's report into her death suggests there were "many hands on the knife that killed her". 

The 18-year-old was stabbed to death in 2011 by Akshay Chand, who was on bail for kidnapping and threatening to rape her just two months earlier. 

The North Shore teen’s death prompted a tightening of bail laws - dubbed 'Christie's Law' - which her parents are horrified Justice Minister Andrew Little is now considering reversing. 

The Marceaus called New Zealand's bail system "dysfunctional, non-communicative - a disaster".

Christie’s parents Tracey and Brian Marceau joined Lisa Owen on Drive on Tuesday to discuss how New Zealand’s bail system failed their daughter.

"There were many hands on that knife that day," Ms Marceau told Lisa Owen.

Christie’s mum said that “every single person” who touched the case were responsible for the tragedy.

"I can't forgive them for that and I never will forgive them. They can do what they want and try and hush things up, but at the end of the day, they've got to live with what they did."

The 127-page Coroner's report was released on Tuesday, detailing many examples of a breakdown in communication that led to Chand's bail.

Coroner Katharine Greig's report made a raft of recommendations aimed at improving the administration of bail, closing information gaps in the courts and making sure judges have all the details they need to make sound safe decisions.

In February, Mr Little announced that he was looking into revising bail laws to curb New Zealand's prison population.

Ms Marceau told RadioLIVE that if the Justice Minister is going to revise it, he “needs to do it properly”.

“You can’t leave dangerous killers on the street,” she said.

Andrew Little responds to the report

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Lisa Owen and Ryan Bridge also spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little on RadioLIVE Drive for his reaction to the report and what changes he thinks need to happen. 

“It’s pretty obvious that he should not have been released,” Mr Little said. “That is a failure of the system.”

“Those failures need to be fixed up.”

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Parts of this story were originally published on Newshub.