Men with links to Comanchero gang found guilty of murdering Epalahame Tu'uheavea

A jury has returned guilty verdicts in the trial of two men accused of murdering Auckland man Epalahame Tu'uheavea. 

Mesui Tufui and Fisilau Tapaevalu were on trial in the Auckland High Court for the killing of Tu'uheavea and the attempted murder of his wife, Yolanda.

The couple were shot multiple times in the head on a Mangere street last year.

On Friday, both Tufui and Tapaevalu were found guilty of the murder of Epalahame and the attempted murder of Yolanda.

Yolanda survived after playing dead. She told the court earlier in June the pair lived in Australia for around three years, until 2017.

She says during that time, her husband developed a close association to the leader of the Nomads gang.

When they returned to New Zealand for financial reasons, she told the court Epalahame started to take notice of the Comancheros.

"He admired them," she said.

A third man previously pleaded guilty to both murder and attempted murder.

The Crown alleged they were lured to Greenwood Road over a potential drug deal. 

It's alleged the shootings were a hit ordered by the Comanchero Motorcycle Gang in Australia.