Manurewa homicide: Suspect in Auckland suitcase murders can be extradited from South Korea, court rules

  • 11/11/2022

The woman arrested in South Korea for allegedly killing two children found in a suitcase in an Auckland storage unit can be extradited to New Zealand, a court has ruled.

According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, the Seoul High Court decided to allow the extradition on Friday.

A Korean official told Newshub "the fugitive consented to the extradition to New Zealand".

South Korean Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon now decides whether she will be returned to New Zealand.

Newshub understands it's only once the Minister has signed the extradition off that a conversation will be had with New Zealand officials about how and when she will be brought to Aotearoa.

In September, South Korean police arrested the unidentified woman who was "hiding in an apartment" in the City of Ulsan.

The Korean Ministry of Justice received a request from New Zealand for her provisional arrest in connection with the death of the children.

The woman told Korean reporters as she was bundled into a car: "I didn't do it."

It was a major development almost 10,000 kilometres away from the south Auckland suburb of Manurewa where the children's bodies were first discovered in suitcases.

In August, the human remains of two primary school-aged children were discovered at an address on Moncrieff Ave in the south Auckland suburb of Manurewa.

Newshub later revealed the remains were unknowingly taken by a family to their Manurewa home who'd bid and won an auction for abandoned goods in a SafeStore Papatoetoe storage facility. 

The children were aged between 5 and 10 years old, had been dead for a long time. Police said the suitcases had been in storage in Auckland for at least three or four years.