Battle over wife’s property ends
A legal battle over slain Aucklander Cissy Chen’s multi-million-dollar property portfolio will be settled out of court.
The man acquitted of Chen’s murder, Jack Liu, still lives in the $1.2 million Torbay house they shared before she disappeared six years ago. Her body was later found in a drain.
Liu, the prime suspect, was acquitted at trial in 2014.
After Liu was charged, her older brother Philip Chen placed caveats on his sister’s Torbay property, and a property she owned in Mt Roskill, which is estimated to be worth $740,000.
Mortgage data for Liu is not known, but the combined values of both properties is around $2 million.
The caveats effectively made a claim of ownership to the properties and froze their right to sale. Liu tried to remove them, and Stuff revealed in October that the disagreement had reached the High Court at Auckland, with Chen filing civil proceedings against Liu.
However, High Court staff said on Monday no future hearing had been scheduled for the proceedings. Chen and Liu were having settlement discussions and a notice of discontinuance was to be filed soon.
New caveats were placed on the Torbay and Mt Roskill properties in November. Neither of the properties are on the market. likely to be