Man arrested in NZ on connection to murder of Korean tourist

Man arrested in connection with murder of missing Korean tourist
By TV3 News – 3news.co.nz | 06/24/2008

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Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim, who went missing in the South Island five years ago.

A 28-year-old Nelson fisherman will appear in Nelson District Court this afternoon and police said a 31-year-old Westport man was assisting them with their investigation.

Detective Inspector John Winter said Mr Kim’s death had now been confirmed with the Korean Consulate, which had contacted his family in Pusan, South Korea.

Man arrested in relation to murder of missing tourist
By NZ Herald Staff – The New Zealand Herald | 06/24/2008

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A man has been arrested today in connection with the murder of a backpacker who went missing five years ago.

Inquiry head Detective Inspector John Winter said a 28 year-old fisherman will appear in the Nelson District Court this afternoon and a 31 year-old is “helping police with inquiries”.

Mr Winter said: “Police engaged on the inquiry into missing Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim have today arrested a man in connection with his murder.”

Tourist murder accused in custody
By One News – tvnz.co.nz | 06/24/2007

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The man charged with the murder of a Korean tourist five years ago has been remanded in custody.

Jae Hyeon Kim was visiting New Zealand for a year’s travel and adventure when he disappeared in 2003.

Earlier this month police re-opened the case after a tip-off led police to resume a search for him in scrubland just south of Westport.

Twenty eight-year-old Nelson fisherman, Shannon Flewellen, entered no plea when he made a brief appearance in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

May the arrest finally give the victim justice and the victim’s family some closure.

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