Arrests made in relation to brawl before Hori Gage murder

  • 10/01/2024

Two people have been arrested over a gang-related brawl police say may have led to a man being shot dead in front of his children last year.

Hori Gage, 27, was killed in a car outside a home on Croydon Ave, Palmerston North in August. 

It's believed the killing was a response to "an altercation between rival members of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power on Main St, Palmerston North" on August 4, police said in a statement. 

A senior Black Power member also suffered stabbed wounds during the fight. 

"An 18-year-old Wellington man is due to reappear in Wellington District Court on January 26 charged with injuring with intent to injure, relating to an assault on a bar patron inside the Main St bar," the statement said. "A 25-year-old Porirua man is due to reappear in Porirua District Court on January 12 charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, relating to the stabbing that occurred outside on Main St." 

Meanwhile, the homicide probe into Gage's killing was continuing, Det Sgt Dave Wilson said. 

"The arrests of those for events on Main St on August 4 has been one part of this investigation," he added. 

"It was always important not to forget what started the road to the murder of Hori. 

"These arrests show the police's commitment to holding everyone accountable for their actions over the weekend of August 4-6."