Three men have been sentenced for their roles in the murder of South Auckland woman Meliame Fisi’ihoi four years ago.

Brothers Falala and Viliami Iongi were imprisoned for non-parole periods of 15 and 17 years respectively for murdering Meliame on January 15, 2020.

The 57-year-old mother and grandmother was shot at point-blank range as she pulled back a curtain after hearing a noise at her Māngere home.

Manu Iongi, cousin of Falala and Viliami, was sentenced to eight years and six months imprisonment for manslaughter.

Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Va’aelua said the investigation team welcomed today’s sentences handed down at the Auckland High Court.

“Today, the Operation Truro team acknowledge Meliame’s family who have lost a mother and grandmother in tragic circumstances,” he said.

“We are pleased to reach this point some four years after Meliame was senselessly murdered at her home.

“This now brings an end to the court proceedings and we hope that this brings some closure for the family so that they can try to move forward with their lives.”

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