The man accused of the vicious murder of a North Shore teenager will defend the charge in the High Court.

Ashkay Anand Chand, 19, has been charged with murder and kidnapping.

At a post-committal conference at the North Shore District Court today, Chand was committed to the High Court at Auckland for trial.

Christie Marceau, 18, died on November 7 in her mother's arms after a violent attack at the family's North Shore home.

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Chand has been remanded on custody and is due to reappear in court in February.

- HERALD ONLINE