Charing Cross murder charge appearance

A 24-year-old Hei Hei man has been charged with the murder of a King Cobras gang member in a shooting incident at Telegraph Road, Charing Cross, on Saturday.

The process worker had handed himself in to the police after a four-day manhunt that included armed police raiding a property on Tuesday, and calling for him to come out.

He was not found there, but police announced on Thursday morning that an arrest had been made, shortly before his appearance in a Christchurch District Courtroom that had been closed to the public for what Judge Brian Callaghan described as “security reasons”.

Name suppression was granted by Judge Callaghan at the request of defence counsel James Rapley when the man appeared by video-link from the cells.

He said the man had gone to the police after taking advice from his pastor and family.

The man entered no pleas to charges of murdering 28-year-old Luke Sears, who is also known as Luke Riddell, at Rolleston on Saturday, and unlawful possession of a shotgun.

Judge Callaghan remanded him in custody for an appearance in the High Court on November 2.