Murder suspect in 2006 Burnaby homicide caught in South Korea, extradited to Canada

Shaoxin Zhang
Victim: Shaoxin Zhang

A man charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in relation to a 2006 Integrated Homicide Investigation Team investigation has been caught in South Korea and extradited to Canada, police announced on Monday.

On January 22, 2006, at approximately 2:20 a.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to a call of shots fired in the parking lot of 3355 North Road. Police found two men with gunshot wounds and both were taken to hospital. One of the victims sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds but 19-year-old Shaoxin Zhang died of his injuries.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation and quickly identified a suspect in the case. IHIT learned that the suspect had fled to Taiwan soon after the shooting.

Early in 2006, then 28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng (formerly Lee-Chia “Kenny” Weng) was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in relation to this investigation. An Interpol red notice was issued for Weng’s arrest. Huan Sheng “Leo” Tang was charged and convicted of obstruction of justice in 2008 for his involvement in this incident.

On March 16, 2018, IHIT received notification that Weng had been arrested in South Korea as a result of his Interpol red notice. IHIT worked closely with its partners from the RCMP’s International Liaison Office, Interpol, the BC Prosecution Service and the International Assistance Group-Ottawa to liaise with the South Korean Ministry of Justice and facilitate Weng’s extradition to face his criminal charges in Canada.

On June 26, the South Korean judiciary granted Weng’s extradition to Canada.

On July 20, IHIT investigators arrived in Vancouver with Weng, who will make his first appearance in BC Provincial Court on July 24.

“IHIT is grateful for the assistance provided by all its domestic partners as well as its partnership with law enforcement officials of South Korea,” said Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT. “IHIT and our many partners are committed to bringing those accused of committing the most heinous crimes before the court.”