3 Dec 2008

Slain tourist's family visit West Coast site

1:32 pm on 3 December 2008

The mother and brother of a South Korean backpacker killed on the West Coast have visited the remote site where he died.

The family members are spending a week in New Zealand as they come to terms with their son's death.

Jae Hyeon Kim, 25, died at a bush layby at Four Mile south of Westport five years ago after hitching a ride.

One man has admitted strangling Mr Kim and will be sentenced in Wellington on Friday. A second man will stand trial accused of murder.

Mr Kim's mother and brother visited the scene on Wednesday morning, accompanied by inquiry head Detective Inspector John Winter and two members of the South Korean consulate.

A combined Christian-Buddhist funeral service was to be held in Nelson on Thursday.