Shannon Brent Flewellen, 30, admitted murdering Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim, in a brief appearance at the High Court at Christchurch today.

He committed the murder some time between the period of September 29, 2003 and October 22, 2003.

He's been remanded in custody until sentencing on April 29.

Flewellen's guilty plea followed that of another man, who has name suppression, who also pleaded guilty to the backpacker's murder in 2008.

- NZ Herald staff