South Korea: Mother arrested after murdering her 2 children, stuffing bodies in suitcases

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South Korea: Mother arrested after murdering her 2 children, stuffing bodies in suitcases

The police in South Korea have announced that they have apprehended a woman suspected of killing her two children, whose bodies were discovered in bags in New Zealand a month ago.

In a case that shocked the nation, the bodies were found by strangers who had bought abandoned luggage from a storage unit in Auckland. The incident caused widespread outrage.

It was assumed that the bodies had been stored for many years. According to the reports from the Korean police, the victims were 7 and 10 years old.

New Zealand has applied for the woman’s extradition from South Korea.

Police in Auckland said they had worked closely with South Korean authorities in their search for the woman after saying they believed she was in South Korea last month.

According to South Korean authorities, the woman had fled to her home country in 2018 after the murders of her children.

The suspect was born in New Zealand but is of Korean descent and is now 42 years old.

A request for her arrest had been submitted to the international police organization Interpol. Thursday at midnight, police went to her apartment in the city of Ulsan, located in the country’s south-eastern region, and detained her there.

The New Zealand police announced a month ago that they searched for the woman after successfully identifying the children.

“To have someone in custody overseas within such a short period of time has all been down to the assistance of the Korean authorities and the coordination by our NZ Police Interpol staff,” said New Zealand Police Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Vaaelua on Thursday.

The suspect is facing murder charges in New Zealand, and the police have demanded that she not be allowed to post bail before her extradition there.

Local media reported that the family had lived in Auckland for a few years before the children’s deaths and that the children’s father had passed away from cancer.

Reports also stated that the children’s grandparents reside in New Zealand.

The children’s bodies were discovered in early August after a separate family bought a trailer-load of goods, including the suitcases, in an online auction.

Officers said the family had no connection to the deaths and suffered significant distress following the discovery. BKM/ Expat Media


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