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Norfolk Island Murder Arrest

Norfolk Island Murder Arrest

CANBERRA, Feb. 1 /MediaNet International-AsiaNet/ --

Almost four years after the body of Janelle Patton was found on Norfolk Island, a New Zealand man was today arrested in relation to her murder.

New Zealand Police arrested a 28-year-old man at a premises near the town of Nelson on the New Zealand South Island this afternoon following a lengthy investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in their capacity as Norfolk Island Police.

The AFP had conducted a large number of forensic tests during the course of this investigation, however a recent breakthrough led to the arrest of the man today.

Ms Patton’s body was found at the Cockpit Waterfall Reserve on the northern coast of Norfolk Island on Easter Sunday, 31 March, 2002.

AFP Detective Sergeant Bob Peters led the investigation and traveled to Norfolk Island last week to swear an affidavit to obtain a warrant for the extradition of the New Zealand man.

New Zealand Police conveyed the man to Nelson Police Station where he has been held in accordance with an extradition warrant.

The man is expected to appear in Nelson Court tomorrow where police will seek his formal extradition to Norfolk Island to face prosecution in relation to the murder of Ms Patton.

SOURCE: Australian Federal Police

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