Two men accused of murdering
Rangiora man Tony John Lochhead in an alleged armed robbery
last month have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in a
Mr Lochhead, 51, was fatally
stabbed and his brother Peter Graham Lochhead was
hospitalised with injuries after an altercation at their
shared White St home about 9.30pm on September 13.
The two accused - a 36-year-old man from rural Canterbury and
39-year-old man from Christchurch - entered not guilty pleas
at a High Court hearing in Christchurch this morning.
They are jointly charged with murdering Tony Lochhead, and
wounding his brother Peter in the process of leaving the
alleged aggravated robbery.
Justice Robert Dobson granted continued name suppression for
them until December 6 when it will again be reviewed. The
reasons for continued suppression cannot be published.
The judge told the two men in the dock that the proposed
trial date is September 15 next year, which he admitted
"seems a long way off".