Meliame Fisi'ihoi

Grandmother killed by bullet intended for her son, Auckland court hears

In January 2020, Meliame Fisi'ihoi was watching TV in the sitting room in the early hours of the morning, when she got up to check a noise she heard outside her Favona home, a court has heard.

The mother of six went to the window, raised her right hand and opened the curtain.

As she looked out, a gunshot was fired from close range, killing Fisi'ihoi instantly.

The court heard the 57-year-old woman's husband and younger children were home in bed at the time.

The Crown says the bullet was meant for Fisi'ihoi's eldest son after a botched gun deal.

Police appeal for information over killing of Tongan mum in Mangere

Acting Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers says the investigation so far indicates the wider community is not at risk.  

“We believe the Calthorp Close property has been specifically targeted because of people known to frequent the address."

A team of detectives has been working on Operation Truro with community-based police staff.

Today, members of the Mangere Neighbourhood Policing Team helped with pamphlet drops in the area.

“We have heard from a number people in the area, but we still need any witnesses or people with information to contact us.