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
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
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
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
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.