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Extra guilty pleas in car boot death

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/04/2017

Three more of the 11 arrested following the death of a woman who fell from a car boot in south Auckland have pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, died from a serious head injury after falling from the boot of a moving car in the suburb of Papatoetoe in March last year.

At the High Court at Auckland on Friday, Tafito Masi Vaifale, Panepasa Havea and Raymond Brown each admitted their role in kidnapping the woman.

Havea and Brown are set to be sentenced on June 8, with Havea remanded in custody until then.

Vaifale is likely to be sentenced over his kidnapping conviction in August, but will still face trial on Monday charged with Ms Prutsiriporn's manslaughter.

He is joined by six others in the dock, with five of whom face a charge of manslaughter each.

They all deny the charges.

Friday's convictions come after two others, Becoylee Paleaaesin and Cecilia Hansen, earlier pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Paleaaesin is due to be sentenced in May, while Hansen has already been sentenced to home detention.

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