Three men have pleaded guilty to kidnapping Thai woman Jindarat Prutsiriporn, who died when she fell, bound and gagged, from the boot of a moving car in Auckland.
Masi Vaifali, Luigi Havea, and Raymond Brown pleaded guilty on Friday to kidnapping Prutsiriporn last year.
The pleas came days before a number of other men will go on trial for their alleged roles in the woman’s kidnapping and death.
Prutsiriporn, 50, died from head injuries after falling from the boot of a car, bound and gagged, as it drove through the Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe in March, 2016.
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The men appeared before Justice Mathew Palmer in the Auckland High Court on Friday.
Vaifali and Havea were remanded in custody for sentencing, while Brown was granted bail.
Havea also faces a charge of manslaughter for Prutsiriporn.
Joseph Benjamin Haurua, Seng Lek Liev, Becoylee Rogers Paleaaesina, Apichart Korhomklang, Tevita Matangi Fangupo, Sodarith Sao, and Panepasa Havea face a range of charges including kidnapping and manslaughter.
Their trial will start on Monday in the Auckland High Court.