10 Feb 2015

Tully to stand trial in Christchurch

10:38 am on 10 February 2015

The man charged with murdering two staff at Work and Income in Ashburton is to stand trial in Christchurch.

Russell John Tully is charged with murdering Peggy Noble and Leigh Cleveland and the attempted murder of their colleagues, Lindy Curtis and Kim Adams, in September last year.

The location of the trial was announced at a hearing this morning at the High Court in Christchurch and a date in May has been proposed for the hearing.

Justice Mander suppressed all other details of today's hearing including any description of Russell Tully's appearance.

The accused also faces two firearms charges and one of setting a trap police say was intended to injure people.