By Ranjani Ponnuchetty
A jury of seven men and five women have been sworn in as the trial over the murder of mother-of-two Mei Fan gets underway at the High Court in Wellington today.
Her estranged husband, Michael Preston is accused of killing her in November 2013 and breaching a protection order.
The 37-year-old's body was discovered in her Miramar home after suffering what's been described by police as a vicious and brutal attack.
Preston was charged with the murder after a five-month investigation – the pair had two children together.
The trial has been a long time coming for Ms Fan's family.
The 60-year-old was originally set to stand trial earlier this year but it was postponed because things weren't ready.
Those who found Ms Fan's body are expected to give evidence first with some people taking the stand more than once during the course of the trial.
The case is set down for six weeks before Justice Williams and the Crown plans to call more than 100 witnesses.