Vili Laungāue identified as one of suspects in murder of Charles Pongi

Authorities have publicly released the names of suspects in murder of patched Head Hunters member Charles Pongi during a large East Auckland gang brawl last year.

Charles Pongi

They were Vili Laungaue and Lika Feterika.

A New Zealand Herald report this afternoons said: ”The duo were initially among six men – some charged with murder, others charged with lesser offences alleged to have occurred on the same day – who had intended to seek continuing name suppression during a High Court at Auckland hearing earlier this month”.

“A judgment released to the Herald today indicates suppression for Laungaue and Feterika has now lapsed, while the identities of three others will be revealed next month unless those defendants opt to take their failed name suppression bids to the Court of Appeal for a second look”.

The revelation comes after a homicide investigation was launched earlier this year following the death of the 32-year-old, who was alleged to have been shot when more than 70 gang members from the Head Hunters, Rebel MCs, and associates converged on the Taurima Reserve in Pt England on 5 August for an intended brawl.

Pongi, 32, was shot in Taurima Reserve before he took himself to hospital but died that same night.

Five men initially charged in relation to Pongi’s death all appeared in court in December.

Four men had been charged with murder and were all in their 20s, while another man has been charged with assault, discharging a firearm with the intention of intimidating members of the Head Hunters gang and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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