Alleged sale of shotgun linked to murder

A Rolleston man has been charged with illegally selling a shotgun allegedly later used in the murder of Luke Sears in a shooting at Charing Cross on October 13.

The man, aged 48, appeared before Judge Raoul Neave in the Christchurch District Court today, facing three charges, and entered no pleas before he was remanded on bail to January 8.

At the request of defence counsel Steve Hembrow the man’s name was suppressed until the next appearance. Mr Hembrow had sought suppression of the name and the case’s alleged connection to the shooting at Charing Cross, but the judge said he could not have both.

The man is charged with selling a 410 shotgun and a Ranger shotgun to the same woman who did not have a firearms licence, in December 2017. He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

It was not disclosed at the hearing which shotgun police believe was involved in the shooting.

Mr Sears, 28, also known as Luke Riddell, from the King Cobras gang, was shot dead on Grange Road, at Charing Cross in rural Canterbury, about 3.30pm on October 13.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder and has been remanded to a case review hearing in the High Court on February 5. He has name suppression and remains in custody.