Nine people, some of whom are part of the Head Hunters gang have been charged with the kidnapping and death of a Thai woman.
Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, was reportedly found bound and gagged on Huia Rd, Papatoetoe, when she threw herself from the car she was in. She was brought to Middlemore Hospotal but soon died from injuries.
Some of the charged were also members of the East Auckland chapter of the Head Hunters gang.
Reports say that over 100 police officers have been doing investigations since Prutsiriporn’s death.
Police, who revealed that Prutsiriporn is linked to Auckland’s crime scene, also said that it will be alleged that the motivation behind Prutsiriporn’s kidnapping was related to drugs, involving members of the gang.
Five of the nine people charged with kidnapping were also charged with manslaughter, One News reported.
A press release by the New Zealand Police shows the following details:
• 5 men aged 25 , 30, 26, 33,have been charged with Manslaughter and Kidnapping
• 3 men aged 24, 25, & 23 and a 29 year old woman have been charged with kidnapping.
“This was a complex investigation with a number of people allegedly involved,” said Detective Inspector Dave Lynch. “I hope the arrests can provide some comfort to Jindarat’s family and the wider community.”
The eight men and woman will appear before the Manukau District Court tomorrow. Police said that more arrests could be made.