Name of alleged Te Atatu murderer released

The 19-year-old man charged with murdering Te Atatu woman Cun Xiu Tian can now be named as Jaden Lee Stroobant.

Supporters of Te Atatu woman Cun Xiu Tian outside the High Court in Auckland.
Supporters of Te Atatu woman Cun Xiu Tian outside the High Court in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

He appeared at the High Court at Auckland this morning but no plea was entered.

Stroobant is charged with murder and two counts of sexual violation.

Jaden Lee Stroobant, who's accused of murdering Cun Ziu Tian, appeared in court today. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Tian's body was found at her Glenvil Lane house last month by her daughter and son-in-law, who also live at the address.

A post-mortem examination found Ms Tian had been the victim of a vicious and prolonged assault and had suffered a violent death.

A five-week trial has been set down for November 21. Supporters of Cun Xiu Tian gathered outside the court this morning.

A 43-year-old Henderson woman has also been charged over the case.

Her lawyer indicated a not guilty plea from his client to a charge of accessory after the fact to burglary, and that she opted for trial by jury.

The woman has been granted interim name suppression.

Cun Xiu Tian
Cun Xiu Tian Source: Supplied



Delays for Auckland motorists as bus drivers 'work to rule'

Commuters and motorists are warned to expect traffic delays from today until a bus driver union dispute is settled.

Tramways Union members began "working to rule" from 4am today on the Metrolink, North Star, Go West, Waka Pacific, City Link and Outer Link services.

The drivers say their employer NZ Bus is increasing the hours they are expected to work without allowing toilet breaks, and so have initiated industrial action.

Working to rule involves drivers strictly following the company rules instead of taking time-saving shortcuts, as is the norm.

Drivers will take a 10-minute break at the end of each trip and will ask passengers to leave the bus while the driver takes a toilet break, as well as not waiting for buses to be re-fuelled at depots.

School bus services will not be affected by the action.

Traffic on Auckland roads and motorways has this morning been heavy.

NZ Bus Chief operations officer Shane McMahon said "we're doing everything we can to cause as little disruption for our customers".

"Our drivers get breaks throughout the day, but no-one's stopping our drivers from getting a toilet break."

"All services are running as usual, there was a bit of congestion this morning."
 

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