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German Phrase Used As Backpacker Was Choked, Court Told

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Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - One of the men charged with killing a South Korean backpacker on the West Coast used a German phrase meaning "no blood" as the young man was choked to death, a court was told yesterday.

At a depositions hearing in Greymouth District Court, Nelson man Shannon Brent Flewellen, 29, is charged with murdering Jae Hyeon Kim, 25.

A 31-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, is also charged with murder. Another man, 29, who has had his identity and the charges he faces suppressed, yesterday admitted a prima facie case against him.

The hearing, which continues today, has been run with a heavy police presence, including armed offenders squad members guarding the courthouse.

The three men are alleged to have picked up Mr Kim while he was hitchhiking on the road from Greymouth to Westport one day in October or November in 2003.

Crown prosecutor Chris Lange said Flewellen grabbed Mr Kim from behind and choked him outside the vehicle when the group had stopped under the pretence the vehicle was stuck.

As that happened, Flewellen's co-accused said "nein blut", meaning "no blood", the Press reported.

Mr Kim's body has not been found, but he was believed to have been killed at Charleston, 27km south of Westport, and buried.

An economics student, Mr Kim arrived in New Zealand in February 2003.

He was reported missing by his family several months after disappearing.

Police said heightened security at the courthouse came after white supremacist members turned up at a previous court appearance in Westport.

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