Ar­rest war­rant sought for Korea mur­der sus­pect

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS - Lin­coln Tan

The Crown Law Of­fice will be seek­ing a New Zealand war­rant of ar­rest for a man linked to the death of three peo­ple in South Korea.

The 33-year-old man ap­peared at the North Shore Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day fac­ing a charge of theft.

The man al­legedly stole a fridge­freezer, mi­crowave and wash­ing ma­chine worth $4100 in 2015, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

He was ar­rested at 5.30pm on Sun­day by New Zealand po­lice.

The man has been granted in­terim name sup­pres­sion and re­manded in cus­tody without plea. He is due to reap­pear to­mor­row.

He is wanted by po­lice in Korea in re­la­tion to the mur­der of his mother, step­fa­ther and 14-year-old half-brother in South Korea on Oc­to­ber 21.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Korean Em­bassy were present in court.

The man, who has New Zealand per­ma­nent res­i­dence, trav­elled to New Zealand with his wife and two young daugh­ters af­ter the deaths, ar­riv­ing last week.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Scott McCol­gan con­firmed the Crown Law Of­fice had re­ceived a for­mal re­quest from South Korea in re­la­tion to the mur­der charges.

He said the re­quest was pur­suant to the ex­tra­di­tion treaty be­tween New Zealand and South Korea.

Lawyers are work­ing on mak­ing that into an ap­pli­ca­tion for an ar­rest war­rant.

“It is likely that the ap­pli­ca­tion will be heard on Wed­nes­day.”

The Crown, McCol­gan said, would be seek­ing for the man to be ar­rested and de­tained in New Zealand re­gard­ing the mat­ters in Korea.

McCol­gan clar­i­fied that this was still sev­eral steps away from an ex­tra­di­tion.

A po­lice spokes­woman said the man was ar­rested in a nearby build­ing while his wife was in a car.

“Crown Law have re­ceived a re­quest from Korea to seek an ar­rest war­rant in re­la­tion to other mat­ters in Korea,” the spokes­woman said.

“New Zealand po­lice will con­tinue to li­aise with Korean au­thor­i­ties.”

Pic­ture / Michael Craig

A 33-year-old per­ma­nent res­i­dent who has ap­peared in an NZ court on a theft charge is wanted in South Korea over three deaths.

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