The man charged with the murder of Wellington mother Mei
Fan, 37, is her estranged husband Michael Preston.
Preston, 59, was arrested and charged with Ms Fan's murder
yesterday. He was also charged with breach of a protection
order in relation to the fatal November attack.
He appeared in the Wellington District Court before Judge
Kevin Glubb today.
Ms Fan, who has two children with Mr Preston, was found
stabbed to death in her Miramar home by concerned friends,
two days after she died.
Police believe her killer had been wearing a disguise, and
could have left in different clothes to what he entered her
Brussels St home in on November 8.
Ms Fan and Preston's children are aged 8 and 9.
Last night, Ms Fan's boyfriend at the time of her death Tani
Hoyhtya, told the Herald from Vietnam news of an arrest had
come as a relief.
"It's happy news, I've been waiting for so long."
Mr Hoyhtya, who works for the United Nations, had decided to
propose to Ms Fan and move to New Zealand to start a family
Relocating in September would now be bitter-sweet, he said.
Police said this morning in a statement the investigation
into Ms Fan's death had been complex and involved many
"Our motivation throughout has been to bring justice for Mei
and her children and they have remained at the forefront of
"The past five months have been a very difficult time for the
family and the Operation Brussels team is pleased to have
reached this milestone in the investigation."