Clendon Park Case: Police Arrest Woman in South Korea

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Police car seen outside a Clendon building in South Auckland on August 12, 2022.
Photo: RNZ / Jonty Dine

A woman has been arrested for the murder of two young children whose remains were discovered in suitcases in Manurewa, South Auckland on August 11, 2022.

Police can now confirm that a 42-year-old woman has been arrested in South Korea.

County Manukau CIB Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’ amanuia Vaaelua said South Korean authorities arrested the woman today on the basis of a Korean arrest warrant on two murder charges involving the two young victims.

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The arrest warrant was issued by the Korean courts following a request from the New Zealand Police for an arrest warrant under the New Zealand-Republic of Korea extradition treaty.

He said the New Zealand Police had applied for her extradition back to New Zealand to face the charges and requested that she remain in custody pending the completion of the extradition process.

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“It’s all thanks to the help of the Korean authorities and the coordination by our Interpol staff of the New Zealand Police,” he said.

A number of investigations had to be completed, both in New Zealand and abroad, he added.

Police said the children, believed to be between the ages of five and 10, may have been hidden in the suitcases in an Auckland warehouse for several years.

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The bodies were discovered after a family from Clendon Park won an auction for abandoned goods in a storage room, not realizing what was inside.