Name suppression lifts on two Rangiora murder accused

Rangiora-sign1The High Court has lifted name suppression on two men charged with the murder of a man in Rangiora in September, and the trial date has been set for September 15.

The men are Jason William Baker, aged 39, of Linwood, and Shaun Murray Robert Innes, 37, of Rakaia.

They are jointly charged with the murder of Tony John Lochhead, aged 51, and injuring his brother Peter Lochhead, with intent to carry out a robbery.

The charges arise from an incident in White Street, Rangiora, on September 13. It is believed that both alleged victims were stabbed.

Baker and Innes pleaded not guilty to the charges at an appearance in the High Court on October 4, but the judge then allowed name suppression to be continued, for reasons that cannot be reported.

The men have remained in custody.

At a pre-trial conference session today, Justice Graham Panckhurst said the need for the interim suppression order no longer existed and lifted it. Defence counsel for Innes, Tony Garrett, had already indicated that his client was not seeking to continue the order.

The trial, estimated to last two weeks, has now been set for September 15, and a date has been set in July for pre-trial argument.

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