Man wanted in South Korea on murder charges agrees to be extradited

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A man wanted in South Korea following the alleged murders of three members of his family has agreed to be sent back to the Asian nation.

Sungkwan Kim is accused of killing three family members before fleeing to New Zealand, where he was arrested on historic theft charges.
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Sungkwan Kim, 33, was arrested in Auckland in November on behalf of Korean authorities to begin the process of extradition.

Today, the North Shore District Court heard Kim consented to be sent back to Korea and that he would now remain in detention in Mt Eden Corrections Facility until the Minister of Justice signed off on his extradition.

He is facing two charges of murder in South Korea, one charge of murder by robbery, one count of abandonment of a corpse and five counts of fraud.

Local media earlier reported South Korean police were looking for Kim over the murders of his mother, stepfather and 14-year-old half-brother on October 21.

He arrived in Auckland on October 24 as a New Zealand resident and was arrested soon after.

He was also wanted in New Zealand for a historical theft and was last week sentenced to a two-month jail term after admitting stealing whiteware from an Auckland flat he lived in in 2015.

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