Charing Cross murder charge denied

Name suppression continues for a 25-year-old man who today denied murdering Luke Sears, a King Cobras gang member who was allegedly shotgunned to death in an incident at Charing Cross, rural Canterbury, in October.

The Christchurch man will stand trial in the High Court on February 24, 2020, at a trial lasting three weeks.

The reason for the man’s name suppression since his first appearance has also been suppressed.

He was remanded in custody to March 15 by Justice Rachel Dunningham for another pre-trial call-over, and the judge said the suppression order would have to be fully argued at that stage if it was going to be continued.

Luke Sears, also known as Luke Riddell, was shot at Charing Cross, Selwyn District, about 3.30pm on October 13.

Another man who was at the scene at the time of the alleged shooting has admitted firearms and drug offences and is in custody awaiting sentencing in April.