Triple murder accused named as Sungkwan Kim

The man accused of murdering three of his family members in South Korea and fleeing to New Zealand has been named as Sungkwan Kim.

His name was initially suppressed but has now been lifted , and an extradition process began in the North Shore District Court on Wednesday.

Media reports in South Korea say the man fled to New Zealand after allegedly killing his mother, step-father and 14-year-old half brother.

The Korea Herald says two bodies with stab wounds were found in an apartment while another body was later discovered in the boot of a rented vehicle.

Immigration New Zealand said the 35-year-old arrived in Auckland on October 24 and is a New Zealand resident.

Police said on Monday afternoon that Crown Law has received a request from South Korean authorities "to seek an arrest warrant in relation to other matters in the Republic Of Korea".