A young man deported by Chinese authorities has been arrested on arrival in Sydney and will be charged with murdering his mother in Adelaide three years ago.
New South Wales homicide detectives and Federal Police have arrested Wei Li, 21, on a South Australian warrant.
They say the man arrived at Sydney Airport on an Air China flight from Beijing.
Emma Mei Tian’s body was found at suburban Burnside in March 2011.
The woman, 41, had been bashed in her Lockwood Road home and wrapped in bedding. South Australian police declared her death a major crime.
Officers immediately tried to find the woman’s son but said he had fled Australia.
Communication breakdown let Li leave Australia
Wei Li flew out of Australia from Melbourne for Singapore after federal authorities tried without success to ring South Australian police about the case.
Police allege Wei Li has been living in China since he fled Australia.
They say Chinese authorities recently told them Wei Li was in China without a valid visa and would be deported.
The victim’s husband has been told his son is now in police custody.
The accused young man was a high-achieving secondary student in Adelaide.
Prince Alfred College principal Kevin Tutt praised him after the 2010 school year for being among a handful of the college’s Year 12 students who had scored above 95 for his International Baccalaureate diploma.
Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins of the SA Police says the man’s deportation to Australia is a good outcome for authorities.
“Certainly the matter wasn’t handled appropriately at the time and it’s good that he’s now been arrested,” he told a media conference in Adelaide.
“I’m confident our processes are now in place that a similar matter could not happen again.”
An extradition hearing was held at Parramatta local court where South Australian detectives applied to have him extradited.
He has been flown to Adelaide and is due to face the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday morning.
Wei Li deported from China and arrested at Sydney Airport over mother"s murder ...