Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil in case that has embarrassed authorities

A convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been deported from the South American country.

New Zealand police said three officers escorted Phillip John Smith onto a plane that left Rio de Janeiro on Friday on route to New Zealand.

Smith fled to Brazil using his birth name Phillip Traynor on Nov. 6. He was captured a week later in Rio de Janeiro when somebody in a youth hostel recognized him from news reports.

The 40-year-old Smith had been on a 3-day release from prison as part of a program to begin rehabilitating him into the community.

He had been in prison since the mid-1990s after being convicted of sexually abusing a neighbor's son and killing the boy's father.