Police arrest man, seeking to extradite a woman from New Zealand for murder of two-year-old girl

New South Wales Detectives from the homicide group are seeking to extradite a woman in New Zealand because of the alleged murder of a two-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.

A 70-year-old man in New South Wales’ Central Tablelands was also arrested yesterday in connection with the girl’s murder, which police will claim took place on a rural property in Porter’s Retreat, near Oberon, in 1987.

The 59-year-old woman in New Zealand was arrested at a home in Palmerston North City by New Zealand police after an Australian extradition order was issued.
A 70-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear in court today in connection with the alleged murder.
A 70-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear in court today in connection with the alleged murder. (NSW police)

New Zealand police said the woman appeared in Palmerston North District Court yesterday afternoon.

Strike Force Bertrand was formed in October 2019 after police received information about the alleged murder of the girl.

Detectives were told the child was allegedly fatally assaulted by a woman known to her, in or around July 1987, on a rural property at Porter’s Retreat.

The woman was then allegedly helped by a man dispose of the child’s leftovers.

Police executed a crime scene order on a country estate at Porter's Retreat - about 42 km south of Oberon.
Police executed a crime scene order on a country estate at Porter’s Retreat – about 42 km south of Oberon. (NSW police)

Unresolved homicide detectives executed a crime scene on a country estate at Porter’s Retreat and arrested the man who was taken to Bathurst police station.

The man was charged with complicity in murder and misdemeanor with respect to a corpse.

The man was denied bail and will appear in Bathurst Local Court today.

Commander of the homicide squad, Detective Inspector Danny Doherty, praised the investigators’ efforts for their persistence during the two-year investigation.

The arrest of the 70-year-old man and 59-year-old woman in New Zealand followed a two-year investigation conducted by detectives.
The arrest of the 70-year-old man and 59-year-old woman in New Zealand followed a two-year investigation conducted by detectives. (NSW police)

“Strike Force Bertrand detectives have conducted a comprehensive, thorough and lengthy investigation into this alleged murder, which took place more than three decades ago,” said Crime Commissioner Doherty.

“The level of violence allegedly used against this child is abhorrent, leaving a father without his daughter or knowing of her death for 34 years.

“The NSW Police Force will always thoroughly investigate new information related to historical crimes and have worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is finally served for this little girl,” Detective Doherty said.

Investigations continue.

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