Name suppression has been continued for two men who have denied charges of murdering Rangiora man Tony John Lochhead last month.
The pair will stand trial in the High Court at Christchurch on September 15, 2014.
The trial date was set at a pre-trial conference on the case held before Justice Robert Dobson today, where the men were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to two charges each.
The men aged 39 and 36 are from Linwood and rural Canterbury.
They deny charges of murdering Mr Lochhead in an incident at his house in White Street, Rangiora, on September 13, and wounding Mr Lochhead’s brother Peter Graham Lochhead with intent to facilitate an armed robbery.
It is believed both men were stabbed.
Justice Dobson heard legal argument from defence counsel Michael Knowles and Richard Maze, and from Crown prosecutor Marcus Zintl before deciding to grant continued interim suppression.
The suppression order began with the men’s initial appearances in the Christchurch District Court last month, and Justice Dobson said it would be reviewed when the men next appeared for a case review hearing in the High Court on December 6.
The reasons for the suppression cannot be published.
Both men remain in custody.