Katrina Jefferies cold case probe leads to man's arrest

An Auckland man has been charged with 36 violent offences as a result of the investigation into the unsolved murder of Katrina Jefferies.

Police say that although the 54-year-old was arrested by the team investigating Ms Jefferies' murder, the man is not connected to the case.

The unemployed Mt Roskill man was arrested on Friday and appeared in the Auckland District Court this morning.

The charges relate to three victims and range from unlawful sexual connection, sexual violation, kidnapping, aggravated wounding, threatening to kill and assault with a weapon.

The alleged offending occurred between 1983 and February this year.

Police say the charges were the result of the investigation into Ms Jefferies' 2005 murder. The mother-of-one's body was discovered in Waikowhai Reserve on July 12 that year.

"The operation has been running since July and in that time we've spoken to several people, some of whom made disclosures and complaints to us that required further follow-up and which resulted in these charges being laid against the accused," says Detective Inspector Scott Beard.

No one has been charged with Ms Jefferies' murder and police are issuing a fresh plea for help to solve the cold case.

Anyone with information on Ms Jeffries' murder can contact police on (09) 302 6465 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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