Bodies in suitcases: Woman extradited from South Korea to New Zealand on murder charges

Breakthrough achieved after children’s bodies were found in a suitcase at an auction. As a result, a woman was extradited to New Zealand for their murder.

  • At a storage facility in Auckland, the Auckland family found bodies of a boy and a girl in suitcases
  • 42-year-old woman was taken into custody by South Korean police. She has been held for two months.
  • She He has been extradited to New Zealand where he will be tried for murder.
  • NZ counterparts were provided with ‘important evidence by South Korean authorities’

Three months after the remains two children’s bodies were discovered in suitcases, a South Korean woman was extradited to New Zealand to face murder charges.

South Korea’s Justice Ministry confirmed that a 42-year old woman was handed to New Zealand officials at Incheon airport, near Seoul, on Monday night.

A shocked family discovered the remains of two children in suitcases at Manurewa storage facility in Auckland’s south, on August 11. The remains of a boy and a girl were thought to be between 5 and 10 years old when they died.

The South Korean-born New Zealander woman arrived at Auckland Airport on Tuesday afternoon. She was taken to Manukau Police Station.

She He will be held in custody overnight and will appear at Manukau District Court Wednesday to face two murder charges, NZ police stated in a statement.

South Korean authorities have provided New Zealand counterparts, unspecified, with ‘important evidence’ in relation to the matter.

Three months after the bodies and suitcases containing two children were discovered, a woman has been captured being arrested in South Korea.

New Zealand Police Launched A Homicide Investigation In Auckland After The Remains Of The Children Were Found By A Family In August

After the remains of the children’s bodies were discovered by a family in August, the New Zealand Police launched a homicide investigation into Auckland.

A Justice Ministry statement stated that they hoped that the truth of the case, which has been widely covered, would be revealed in a fair and thorough judicial process in New Zealand.

According to a passenger aboard an Air New Zealand flight departing from Seoul, there were four officers waiting at the gate for passengers.

But they added there had been no mention of a potential suspect on the flight and they didn’t see anyone in handcuffs or any uniformed police on the plane.

A South Korean woman was arrested by police in Ulsan, a port city in southern Korea, in September after being issued an arrest warrant.

Local media images at the time showed the woman (South Korean police identified her only as Lee) being led out from an Ulsan station by plainclothes officers, while covering her head in a large brown jacket.

Reporters asked her if she would confess to the murders. She repeatedly answered, “I didn’t do that,” as she was led into an officer’s vehicle.

She The woman spent the last two-months in custody before an extradition hearing took place earlier this month. South Korean Justice Minister Han Donghoon issued an Order for the woman to be extradited.

After she had given her written consent to being sent back to New Zealand, the Seoul High Court had approved her extradition.

After receiving the formal extradition request, South Korea’s justice minister said that it would make every effort to facilitate the transfer of the woman ‘in accordance with the law’.

Three officers from the New Zealand Police Department traveled to South Korea in order to transport the woman to New Zealand.

A  Korean-Born New Zealand Woman (During During Her Arrest In September) Is Expected To Appear In Manukau District Court On Two Charges Of Murder

 A  Korean-born New Zealand woman (during during her arrest in September) is expected to appear in Manukau District Court on two charges of murder

Tuesday’s announcement by investigators acknowledged the assistance received from South Korean and New Zealand agencies.

After an unassuming family purchased a trailer-load full of abandoned goods at an auction, the bodies of the children were found.

New Zealand police stated that the bodies had likely been stored for many years. This has complicated their investigation.

Authorities have stressed repeatedly that the families who found the bodies have not been connected to the murders and have provided support for the traumatizing discovery.

The shocking discovery of the boy and girl, who were aged 10 and 5 respectively when they died four year ago, was made on August 11. The news broke across the globe.

A Family From Manurewa, In South Auckland Bid In An Auction On August 11 And Won The Unit'S Contents Before Making The Shocking Discovery Human Remains Were Inside

Manurewa family in south Auckland won an auction on August 11. They also won the contents of the unit. The shocking discovery that human remains were in the unit was made by the family.

The Arrest Comes A Month After The Children'S Remains Were Discovered In Suitcases By A Family At A Manurewa Storage Unit On August 11 (Pictured)

 The arrest comes one month after the remains were found in suitcases by a family at Manurewa storage units on August 11. (pictured)

A coroner has issued an interim non-publication orders to keep the identities of the victims’ names. 

South Korean police claimed that the woman was born in South Korea, and then moved to New Zealand where she obtained citizenship.

According to immigration records, she was seen returning to South Korea in 2018.

The Korean Society of New Zealand pledged at the time of arrest that it would provide all support necessary for the woman’s court case if she was extradited.

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