Third man arrested over Mangere gun murder

    Toe puke 'e he kau polisi' mo ha tangata hono tolu fekau'aki 'eni mo hono fakapoongi 'o 'Epalahame Tu'uheava 'aki hano fana'i 'i Mangere he 'aho 1 'o Mee ni'. Ko e puke 'eni he efiafi' ni hili ia hono puke ha toko ua 'aneuhu. 'E hā 'a e tangata ni 'i he fakamaau'anga fakavahe 'o Manukau he Tokonaki ko hono 12 'a ia ko 'apongipongi.

    A third man has been arrested over the murder of a Tongan man shot once in the head in Mangere, South Auckland.

    Epalahame Tu’uheava, 28, was found lying dead beside his seriously injured wife Mele Yolanda Tu’uheava, 25, on Greenwood Rd at about 6am May 1.

    Mele suffered a number of gunshot wounds and was taken to Auckland City Hospital. She remains in hospital where she continues to recover from her injuries.

    Also known as Hame or Abraham, his body had been laid to rest on Wednesday.

    Counties Manukau Police have arrested a 25-year-old man from Mangere this evening and charged him with the murder of Epalahame and the attempted murder of Mele.

    The arrest came after a 24-year-old male and a 30-year-old male from South Auckland, have both been charged this morning with murder and attempted murder.

    The pair were scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court later today.

    The man in the third arrest is charged jointly with the two men arrested earlier.

    He is scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court on Saturday 12 May 2018.

    Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua said the ongoing enquiries by the investigation team has resulted in the latest arrest.

    “Even after this third arrest for the murder and attempted murder, our investigation team will continue to identify and prosecute anyone else who played a part in this.”

    Two arrested after ‘Epalahame Tu’uheava shot dead in Mangere

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