Winz shooting: accused in court

Russel John Tully has appeared in the Christchurch District Court over the Ashburton Work and Income shooting.

He faces two charges of murder and one of attempted murder and was remanded in custody to reappear on September 23.

Tully, 48, limped into the dock in bare feet and bloodied bandages on his legs from dog bites suffered during his arrest. He wore blue track pants and a blue shirt and his shaven head revealed further scars and scratches.

No application for bail was made, and the judge denied all media requests to film and photograph him.

The two women Tully is accused of shooting dead were named in the charge sheet as Peggy Noble and Susan Cleveland. Tully was also charged with the attempted murder of Lindy Curtis.

Ms Cleveland, who went by her middle name of Leigh, moved to Ashburton from Christchurch after the quakes.

She lived alone in a red brick house on the eastern fringe of town where she bred rottweilers.

A neighbour said she had a son.

"She was a quiet lady who kept to herself and was quite often away at the weekends, I think through her dog breeding," the neighbour said.

Threat made to Work and Income in Blenheim

As Tully was appearing in court, police confirmed they were investigating a phone threat made to a Work and Income office in Blenheim.

Armed police have been called to the office after a telephone threat was made to a worker.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the office had been shut down by police.

"Armed police are keeping it secure and the Armed Offenders Squad are working to identify and locate the caller," she said.

Police still seeking witnesses

Police said a major investigation was ongoing in to the events in Ashburton yesterday.

Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said police had formed a picture of what occurred yesterday and were appealing for further information and sightings.

Police particularly want to hear urgently from anyone who was in the Ashburton area yesterday between 8am and 5pm and saw someone fitting Tully's description.

Police described him as wearing dark coloured clothing, a rolled up balaclava, dark backpack and riding/pushing a dark mountain bike.

A person fitting that description was seen around the Ashburton New World supermarket and Police ask for anyone with similar sightings to come forward.

Police have also appealed for two runners who were believed to have come into contact with Tully on the Ashburton River Track yesterday morning to get in touch urgently.

Police appeal for anyone with information relating to this incident to contact Police in Ashburton on (03) 307 8411.

- APNZ

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