Nine in court over death of Thai woman


Nine people have appeared in court, charged in relation to the death of a Thai woman who leapt from the boot of a moving car in south Auckland.

Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, was bound, gagged and was badly injured in the March incident. She died later in hospital.

All nine of the accused have been charged with kidnapping, and five of them have also been charged with manslaughter.

The group have been granted interim name suppression and have been barred from talking to each other.

Those charged with manslaughter will be detained, and those charged only with kidnapping will be released on bail.

The accused are set to appear before the Auckland High Court on June 1.

Three of the accused have been stood down until later this afternoon as they are yet to speak to a lawyer.

Some of the group are members of the Head Hunters gang, and police say the case is drug-related.