Christie Marceau's mother says her daughter had "a right to life", as the man who killed the Auckland teenager begins his sentence for kidnapping her.
Askhay Chand this morning received a three year sentence for the kidnap of Marceau two months before she died, one year for threatening grievous bodily harm and two years for assault with intent to commit sexual violation.
Chand was on bail for these offences when he killed Marceau at her Auckland home last November.
Chand was yesterday found not guilty of murdering the 18-year-old by reason of insanity, but he was deemed mentally fit to be responsible for his earlier crimes.
Chand's sentences will all be served concurrently and are likely to be carried out in the security of the Mason Clinic in Auckland, where he will now be confined indefinitely as a special patient to protect public safety.
Her mother, Tracey Marceau said outside court today that she will continue to work to reform bail laws.
"She had that right to life, you know everything's been about the offender's rights, but she had right to life."
Tracey says she takes courage in Christie's spirit and will bring about change in her name.
"We're just trying to move forward and we're trying to do some real positive things in Christie's name.
"From now our point is that this is all about Christie and we don't have to think about him (Chand) again," she said as she broke down outside court.
Tracey said she and her family have not spoken to Chand's family, and they have nothing to say to them.
Christie's father, Brian Marceau became tearful outside court today, saying that for his family no sentence "will ever be sufficient for the loss of Christie".
"We do not agree with the term of not guilty by reason of insanity. For us he'll always be Christie's murderer, and in our eyes he will always be guilty."
He said he "cannot come to terms with someone being guilty and not guilty at the same time".
"It will never bring her back or even make us feel that justice has been done."
Brian said Christie was an "amazing bright light of compassion".
"We love our beautiful baby girl so much. And are so proud of her spirit and her courage," he said.
Judge questions remorse
Today, Crown prosecutor Ben Smith said at the time of kidnapping Chand was "not insane" and "knew what he was doing was wrong".
Judge Helen Winkelmann agreed, saying: "You said that your intention was to rape Christie because she had abandoned you and did not care what had happened to you, you were seeking vengeance."
Today the High Court judge also disregarded Chand's regret over the kidnapping.
"This remorse is recently expressed, I am not sure it is
genuine," Winkelmann said.
Born in Fiji, Chand moved to New Zealand with his parents aged 4. At 8, the family moved to Wales. A year later, Chand returned to Auckland with his mother and sister when his parents separated.
In his younger years Chand was an outstanding student, excelling at English and Maths. He was always socially awkward, however, with few friends.
Dr David Chaplow, an expert forensic psychiatrist and the former Director of Mental Health, said Chand told him he'd become depressed aged 13 or 14, and had withdrawn.
By the time he demanded Christie come to his home and remove her clothes at knifepoint in September 2011, Chand had failed his last year at school, lost serious amounts of weight and spent most of his days in his room playing video games.
He gave money away, including large amounts to Christie. Friends said he was strange, "inappropriate", would wait about hopelessly to see Christie and would write her "long, weird messages". Generous, kind, and known for helping those a little bit different, Christie put up with the weirdness.
At the same time, Chand had also quit his job after reading the Karl Marx book Das Kapital and developing an obsession with capitalism. "He said he couldn't reconcile government spending in the presence of starving children," Chaplow said.
Chand had also begun hearing voices. At first, he thought it was his co-workers talking out of earshot. While in prison awaiting trial on the kidnapping charges, the voices intensified.
Chand called the voice, "Loralei".
"Sometimes it was just humming and singing," Chaplow said. "It was always stronger in the mornings."
Eventually, Chand came to believe the voice was that of a former classmate in Wales named Pauline. Towards the end of 2011, she became more insistent. She told him Christie was the devil and to kill her, to get "reprisal".
So Chand hatched a plan to get out of jail. He wrote a letter to the court expressing his remorse, saying he was not a safety risk, and he got bail to his mother's house in Hillcrest.
His sister and mother, fearing for his mental health, hid the kitchen knives.
It took only a month for the voices to push Chand over the edge. On the morning of November 7, he took a knife, a hammer and put them in a bag. At 7am, he walked to the Marceau house and knocked on the door.
Tracey Marceau answered. She screamed. Christie ran upstairs and Chand kicked her back down, and then chased her into the garden.
As she tried to unlock the lock on the gate, he stabbed her in the face, and kept stabbing. Christie died in her mother's arms while Chand calmly waited for police to arrive.
When the police arrived and asked why he was there, Chand said "reprisal". When asked why he was shaking, he said "it's not easy to kill someone is it."
In his police interview he told detectives he had an acquaintance that was going to kill two more people, but would not give a name. In a later interview, the acquaintance was revealed as Pauline, the voice in his head.
It was this revelation that in part led the Crown's psychiatrist, Professor Graham Mellsop, to the belief that Chand was not faking his symptoms - because why would he admit to an imaginary friend when he was trying so hard not to appear crazy?
Mellsop said there were other bizarre behaviours, such as in the hours after the killing when Chand listened to his iPod, boasted to police about how clever he was and then, while they were out of the room, groomed himself in the reflection of the camera, Mellsop said.
Mellsop said Chand was also indifferent, self-centred, delusional, irrational and lacked empathy - classic signs of schizophrenia when combined with the hallucinations.
He said the element of planning that went in to the crime did not detract from the "insanity" conclusion.
"If you are six foot six and have diabetes, none of those things defines the whole you," Mellsop said.
"If you have a psychotic disorder it doesn't describe the whole of you. It's not at all unique for people with psychosis to plan."
Judge Winkelmann agreed with the psychiatrists and found Chand was labouring under delusional concepts and accepted he was insane at the time of the killing, to the extent where he did not know what he was doing was morally wrong.
She found him not guilty on reason of insanity, essentially acquitting him of the crime, and placed him under a special order.
As the verdict was read out, Marceau's mother and sister sobbed in the witness gallery. Chand frowned, briefly, then went back to staring straight ahead.
Outside court, Crown prosecutor Simon Moore said he was as satisfied as could ever be possible in the situation.
"There are no winners in a case like this."