Pert murder accused named


Joanne Marie Pert
Joanne Marie Pert

The man accused of murdering a jogger in an upmarket Auckland suburb can be revealed as Tevita Mafi Filo.

Joanne Marie Pert, 41, a student and mother-of-two, lived in central Auckland and was out jogging through Remuera when she was allegedly attacked on Shore Rd on January 7.

Filo, a Mt Roskill resident, handed himself in to police on the same day.

The 24-year-old appeared in the High Court at Auckland yesterday morning where his lawyer Louise Freyer accepted name suppression should lapse.

No pleas were entered.

Ms Pert collapsed on the front lawn of a Remuera house, just metres from the front door.

Some time later, the occupants saw her and called for help. Emergency services were called just before 11am but Ms Pert was dead when they arrived.

It is understood when Filo handed himself in at Auckland Central police station he carried with him a weapon which police believe he used to kill the woman, but the nature of the weapon and the injuries sustained by the victim have been suppressed.

Filo, who appeared in the dock with a support person, is understood to be from a large Tongan family. He stared intently at Justice Simon Moore throughout the appearance.

Ms Pert's ex-husband is rich-lister Culum Manson, 40, a director of family business Mansons TCLM - one of New Zealand's biggest construction firms.

Filo will be back in court in April. A four-week trial was set down for November. NZME


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