Man pleads not guilty to Elizabeth Zhong’s murder

Police forensic experts examined Elizabeth Zhong’s Sunnyhills home after she was found dead in November last year. Times file photo Wayne Martin

The man accused of murdering east Auckland woman Elizabeth (Ying) Zhong has denied the charge.

Zhong, 55, was found dead inside her vehicle on November 28 last year.

Her Land Rover had been parked in Roadley Avenue, Sunnyhills, a short distance from her three-storey Suzetta Place home.

The last confirmed sighting of the businesswoman was at about 4.30pm on November 27.

On February 12 Counties Manukau Police publicly announced the arrest of a 47-year-old man in relation to Zhong’s death.

He appeared in the Manukau District Court the same day.

The man was remanded in custody and has reappeared in the Auckland High Court on March 10.

Flowers were placed in front of the letterbox at Elizabeth Zhong’s Sunnyhills home after her death. Times file photo Wayne Martin

He pleaded not guilty to Zhong’s murder and was granted continued name suppression.

He’s scheduled to go on trial in April next year.

A court charging document seen by the Times states police believe the man killed Zhong in Sunnyhills between November 27 and November 28 last year.

His occupation was not stated on the document.

Police have described Zhong’s family as being “devastated” by her death.

She was the director of the company Digital Post Limited, which is based in Epsom, central Auckland.