A man accused of murdering two pawn shop workers in south
Auckland has denied the offending.
The 25-year-old appeared in the High Court at Auckland this
morning where there was no application for continued name
suppression from his lawyer Bruce Hesketh.
It is alleged Papakura man Zarn Tarapata killed Paul Fanning,
69, and his employee Paul Matthews, 47, at the Ezy Cash loan
store on Great South Rd, Takanini, on July 19.
Tarapata was arrested in Huntly late that night.
It was revealed at his first appearance at Papakura District
Court that his girlfriend worked at the shop where the
Today the accused stood in the dock with his eyes to the
He will be back before the High Court in October.
A provisional trial date was set for May next year and is
expected to last three weeks.
- By Rob Kidd of APNZ