Wellington homicide: Three women charged in relation murder of Rau Tōngia in his Karori home
Three women are facing charges in relation to the fatal shooting of Wellington man Rau Tongia.
Two women, aged 35 and 20, have been charged with being a party to the murder, which happened on December 20 in the suburb of Karori.
Another woman is being charged with murder.
None of the women have appeared in court yet on the charges, which are being laid in Wellington District Court today.
Court documents indicate one woman is party to the murder by allegedly “driving the offender to commit the offence”, while another “actively suppressed evidence” by transporting and concealing a firearm at an associate’s property in order to help someone avoid conviction for being party to murder.
Tongia was found dead in his home late last month.
Despite the murder charge, police are still appealing to the public for any information.
“The investigation is still active and police would still like to hear from anyone who has information which may assist,” a statement said this morning.
“Police are not ruling out the possibility of further charges.”
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of Sunday, December 20, and who has not spoken with authorities is urged to contact police immediately via 105.
Police revealed yesterday that they had located a firearm they believed was linked to his death.
The firearm was found during a search warrant in Wilton earlier this month, police said.
“It is currently undergoing forensic analysis.”
Police said they are also looking into whether or not the weapon is linked to any other offending across the district.
“While testing is underway, police (are) unable to provide further information about the firearm,” police said.
“No one should have to put up with this activity in their neighbourhood and we will continue to target those involved in violent offending.”
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