Home where woman was murdered fetches $1.6m

The house where Auckland businesswoman Elizabeth (Ying) Zhong was allegedly murdered has fetched more than $1.6 million at auction.

Home where woman was murdered fetches $1.6m

The house where Auckland businesswoman Elizabeth (Ying) Zhong was allegedly murdered has fetched more than $1.6 million at auction.

The house was listed as a mortgagee sale as Ms Zhong was millions of dollars in debt to creditors at the time of her death, and bankrupted just two weeks later on November 27, 2020.

The seven-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Sunnyhills, east Auckland, went for $1,670,220 on Friday – below the CV of $1,688,752.

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It was listed by Roger Franklin of Barfoot & Thompson.

Bidding started at $1.2 million, and two registered bidders placed 47 bids.

The winning bidder attended through online live-streaming and phone negotiations through an agent, and was not present at the auction.

The freehold property, which has a swimming pool and a land area of 830sqm, was described by the auctioneer as a "gorgeous property" where one could enjoy expansive views of "twinkling luminescent city lights by night".

However, prior to the bidding, bidders were alerted to read the clauses relating to the sale, and asked to acknowledge that they "read and understood" the terms of sale.

There was no further mention of the house being the site of a homicide.

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When approached for comment, Mr Franklin said he had been advised not to comment.

He added that the terms of sale had been informed by instructions by the Crown solicitor, as is usually the case for insolvency sales.

Ms Zhong, 55, was stabbed to death at the home before being hidden in the boot of her Land Rover.

She had come to New Zealand from China 23 years ago with her family.

Her enterprises included a film effects company and a winery.

She has been described as a "kind, hard-working and enthusiastic businesswoman".

In February, a 47-year-old man was charged with her murder.

The man, who has pleaded not guilty, has interim name suppression until June 28.

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