All of the nine people charged over the kidnapping and death of a Thai woman found on a South Auckland road have been granted name suppression today.
All will reappear at the high court in Auckland on June 1.
Four of the accused have been granted bail.
The accused appeared individually before a judge at the Manukau District Court and the public gallery was packed with their friends and family.
The court heard how the female defendant was married and had two young children.
Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50 was found bound and gagged on Huia Rd, Papatoetoe after allegedly throwing herself from a car boot, according to police at the time.
She died from severe head injuries on March 2 in Middlemore Hospital.
Today nine people were charged with kidnapping, with five of them also charged with manslaughter.
Some of those arrested include patched members of the Head Hunters gang, police say.
Eight men, aged between 23 and 33 have been charged, and one woman aged 29.
Police are not ruling out other arrests.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says he hopes the arrests can provide comfort to Ms Prutsiriporn's family and the wider community.
Since Ms Prutsiriporn's death, more than 100 police have been involved in the investigation.
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