Lois Tolley murder case: Family plea for information

11:32 am on 3 October 2019

The family of Lois Tolley, who died in 2016, is appealing for people to come forward with information after a man accused of her murder appeared in court again today.

Lois Tolley's family embrace outside court today.

Lois Tolley's family embrace outside court today. Photo: RNZ / Jonathan Mitchell

Authorities believe 30-year-old Lois Tolley was found dead 'execution-style' in her Ward Street home in Upper Hutt in 2016 and that four people were responsible.

One man has been arrested so far. He made a brief appearance in the High Court in Wellington today with Justice France allowing his name suppression to continue.

The 27-year-old man must have new legal representation before his next appearance on 8 November.

Outside court, an unnamed family representative wearing a t-shirt with Ms Tolley on the front urged anyone with information to come forward.

"To everyone who is withholding information we implore you to think about if this was your daughter, granddaughter, niece, aunty, cousin - what would you want, would you want us to stay silent or to help you," the spokesperson said.

Today's hearing was attended by the family of Ms Tolley, including her parents from Australia, who sobbed in the public gallery.