8 Sep 2008

Korean denies killing woman at dental clinic

10:15 pm on 8 September 2008

A Korean national accused of murdering a woman at a West Auckland dental clinic has pleaded not guilty at the opening of his High Court trial.

A jury has been selected in the trial of Chul Jun Cho, 45, who is charged with killing 41-year-old Misook Kim in February last year.

He is also charged with attempted murder and arson.

The jury of eight women and four men was chosen after significant delays, which have also prevented the Crown from starting its opening address until Tuesday.

Justice Heath told the jury there was no dispute that Misook Kim died in a fire, but there were questions as to how the fire was started.

A Korean translator is to be used during the trial, which will hear from 39 witnesses and last for at least two weeks.