Tongan bodyguard shot in the back in Australia

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Bodyguard Semi Ngata (L) pictured with Fadi Ibrahim in 2016, has been shot in the back. Photo: Edwina Pickles

A Tongan man who worked as a bodyguard in Sydney received a single gunshot wound to his back.

Australian media reported emergency services were called to the incident in a home in Price Street, Merrylands, at about 10.45pm last Saturday, November 18.

The 59-year-old was taken to Westmead Hospital, where he remained on Saturday morning in a serious but stable condition, reported Sydney Morning Herald. 

“The long-time bodyguard of the Ibrahims, Semi “Tongan Sam” Ngata has been shot outside John Ibrahim’s mother’s home as the family made last minute preparations for a wedding involving the family of former deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.”

Chief Inspector Bradfield Peters of Holroyd Local Area Command believed the gunman may have come through a side fence into the backyard of the home, where Ngata was socialising with several people.

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