Man accused of murdering German up in court

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10 October 2005, WELLINGTON - A New Zealand man was interviewed by police the day before he is alleged to have murdered a German tourist, but he was allowed to go after giving a false name, it was revealed when he appeared Monday in court.

10 October 2005

WELLINGTON - A New Zealand man was interviewed by police the day before he is alleged to have murdered a German tourist, but he was allowed to go after giving a false name, it was revealed when he appeared Monday in court.

Michael Scott Wallace, 44, accused of killing Birgit Brauer on September 20, was wanted at the time for questioning on another matter.

Wallace, who was also charged with kidnapping Brauer, stealing two vehicles and burglary, was remanded for two weeks when he appeared in court in New Plymouth, Radio New Zealand reported.

Brauer, 28, from Dresden, Germany, had been in New Zealand since February on a working holiday.

Her body was found hidden in bush in a North Island national park the day she set out to hitchhike from Wanganui to New Plymouth. She had been stabbed and suffered head injuries.

DPA

Subject: German news

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