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Weekly Media Roundup

June 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Cissy Chen murder trial: Defendent found not guilty:

Cissy Chen's partner has been found not guilty of her murder.

Yun Qing 'Jack' Liu, 58, was acquitted of killing the 45-year-old accountant, who went missing on November 5, 2012.

Ms Chen's body was found 16 months later in a stream in a reserve in Totaravale, 11km from their home.


See also:

Cissy Chen murder trail: What the jury wasn't told... NZ Herald

Cissy case will not be reopened - Police... Radio NZ

The Police have also released the following statement in relation to the case:

"Statement regarding Cissy Chen case " 

To be attributed to Detective Inspector Bruce Scott, Waitemata Police 

Our thoughts and wishes are with the Chen family, who have been through an experience that no family should have to endure.

We wish to acknowledge the strength and dignity shown by Cissy's family since she went missing in November 2012.

The role of Police is to gather all the available evidence and present it to the court.

In general, Police do not pass judgement on court outcomes and this case is no exception.

Police will not be reinvestigating the case and are not looking for anyone else in relation to Ms Chen's death.


Domestic violence charges dropped against Donghua Liu:

Domestic violence charges against Chinese millionaire Donghua Liu have been dropped.

The police chose to not offer any evidence at the trial at the Auckland District Court this morning after both complainants recanted their previous statements. One complainant, Mr Liu's mother-in-law Lunju Wang, did not return from China for the trial.



Arun Kumar murder trial: Court hears of drugs and neglect:

The boy accused of murdering west Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar came from a violent home where drugs were sold and the children were left to look after each other, a jury has been told.

The boy, who is now 14, has name suppression, as does a 13-year-old who is charged with manslaughter over Mr Kumar's death. Both are also charged with assault with intent to rob.

Details of the 14-year-old's background were revealed at the High Court in Auckland today, where the boy's brother and a medical expert gave evidence.



Pacific Police band together to prevent family violence:

Pacific Police forces will this week tap into New Zealand’s domestic violence tactics in a bid to tackle family violence.

Twelve police officers from eleven different countries will spend a week in Counties Manukau District taking part in the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme.

The programme, which is part of the New Zealand Police International Programme, aims to show the participant’s what Counties Manukau District is doing to prevent family violence.



Push for NZers in Australia to have more rights:

A New Zealand advocacy group in Australia will present a petition to the Australian Parliament next week calling for New Zealanders to be given the same rights as other permanent residents residing.

Oz Kiwi aims to put pressure on the Australian government to allow New Zealanders living permanently in Australia to naturalise within a designated time period so they can vote.


Family violence not bound by socio-economic status:

This week IT’S NOT OK launched a unique campaign to put the spotlight on family violence occurring in high socio-economic households in New Zealand.

Recently released statistics from the New Zealand Violence Against Women Study revealed that family violence is prevalent in the wealthier suburbs in our communities, which are less often publicised in the media. To raise awareness of this issue, IT’S NOT OK partnered with HOME magazine to create something totally unexpected in the pages of a glossy HOME magazine.



Search begins for a chief victims advisor:

Establishing a Chief Victims Advisor to the Government is an important step to ensuring victims are placed at the heart of decision-making, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

The inaugural role has been created to provide independent advice to the Justice Minister about victims’ experiences in the justice system and is a central part of the Government’s response to better protecting victims of family violence.

"As a conduit between victims and Ministers, this role is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It will ensure the Government gets effective and practical advice on how we can improve the system for victims of crime," says Ms Adams.



Elder Abuse a hidden problem: Tui Ora:

Elder abuse is a hidden problem and one that is expected to get worse as the population ages. 

Tui Ora Elder Protection Service coordinator David Lloyd receives at least one referral a week and all the cases he's dealt with - since starting in the job in March - involved family members, with abuse centred on financial issues.    

"But 99 per cent of the time they don't want any action to be taken. They know it's not right but because it's a family member they live with it."   

On average 85 per cent of elder abuse is carried out by family members, he said.

"And only 10 to 15 per cent is reported."




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