Police appeal for vehicle sightings in Melville homicide investigation

Police appeal for vehicle sightings in Melville homicide investigation


Please attribute to Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley:

Waikato Police have appealed for sightings of two vehicles potentially linked to the homicide of Robert Nelson at a Hamilton home on 8 July, on tonight’s episode of Police Ten 7.

At approximately 12.45am that morning three men approached a home on Matthews Crescent, Melville.

A 21-year-old woman opened the door to the three men, one of whom has asked for a senior gang member who was residing at the address.

Without provocation, one of the men shot the woman at the door, before entering the house and shooting another two men who were in bedrooms at the address.

One of the men was 23-year-old Robert Nelson, the partner of the woman who answered the door and a guest at the address.

On hearing the commotion he confronted the shooter while shielding his partner and was shot multiple times.

A 17-year-old man at the address also confronted the shooters and he too was shot multiple times.

As a result, Robert Nelson died at the scene. The man and woman were seriously injured and are still recovering.

The senior gang member who resided at the address was not injured.

Police investigating this incident have learnt that a dark coloured ute and a silver van or ‘people mover’ were both seen in the area at the time of the offending.

We want to hear from anyone who may have seen these vehicles in the area around that time.

If anyone has knowledge of those involved in this incident or other information which may help our investigation we encourage them to contact us.

People can ring Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If viewers missed Police Ten 7 or want to check the case details again, the segment will be on Police Ten 7 Facebook and Waikato Police District Facebook.


Issued by Police Media Centre