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Jaden Lee Stroobant has been sentenced to life with preventive detention for the murder and sexual violation of his 69-year-old neighbour Cunxiu Tian. What drove him to brutally beat and harm the older, smaller woman? How did Stroobant try to cover his tracks? Today, the Herald can reveal the full story. Video will play in
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"I knew him when he was a little boy. He had dimples, he was a good-looking young boy.
Today Jaden Lee Stroobant was sentenced for the sexual violation and murder of Cunxiu Tian. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Today Jaden Lee Stroobant was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in jail for the sexual violation and murder of 69-year-old Te Atatu woman Cunxiu Tian. Tian was home alone on Friday January 15 last year when Stroobant, who lived over the back fence in a rented property with his mother, entered the property and confronted her.