Auckland man arrested for historic Australia murder

Update: 12:19PM A 43-YEAR-old Auckland man was arrested yesterday by New Zealand Police on a warrant issued in the South Australia Magistrates Court in relation to the alleged historic murder of an Australian back in 2000.

New Zealand Police confirmed the man was arrested at around 6pm.

Police said the warrant was endorsed for execution in New Zealand under relevant legal provisions.

Police said the warrant related to the historic murder of 42-year-old South Australian man Robert Sabeckis who was shot dead in the Gull Rock car park at Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, at about 1.15am on January 13 back in 2000.

South Australia Police will seek the man’s extradition to South Australia to face the murder charge.

It is expected the man will appear in Waitakere District Court today where extradition proceedings will commence.

“The arrest follows a DNA match under the New Zealand Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995, which was amended in 2016 to allow access to and disclosure of information on the New Zealand DNA Database for the purpose of responding to a request under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992,” the New Zealand Police Force said in its report issued today.

“Since the legislation was changed, there have been several requests from overseas law enforcement agencies, however, this is the first search that hit against a profile held on the New Zealand National DNA Database.

“Since the identification was made, New Zealand Police have been working closely with their South Australian colleagues towards yesterday’s arrest.”

NZPF’s Detective Superintendent Dave Lynch said that international law enforcement agencies were working closer together than ever before to ensure that people alleged to have been involved in serious criminal offending were able to be apprehended if they fled jurisdictions, and this arrest was a great example of this.

New Zealand Police said it would not be making further comments regarding the homicide investigation and any media queries needed to be referred to South Australia Police.

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