Name suppression lifted for double murder accused

Samuel Fane appeared via audio visual link in Tauranga Court today. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Name suppression for the man accused of murdering two people in Omanawa has been lifted.

Interim name suppression has been lifted for Samuel Fane when he appeared in Tauranga High Court today.

Fane is accused of fatally shooting Paul Lasslett, 43 and Nick Littlewood, 32.

Police were called to an Ormsby Lane address on February 11 following reports of shots being fired, upon arrival they found the two men dead.

Police at the scene of the double murder in Omanawa. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Fane was arrested at a property in New Brighton, Christchurch following the homicide investigation on February 14.

The 25-year–old, charged with two counts of murder with a firearm, appeared via audio-visual link from prison.

Both crown prosecutor Anna Pollet and Fane’s lawyer Simon Lance sought to suppress the draft summary of facts, which Justice Graham Lang granted.

Justice Lang says the summary of facts contains matters that are in dispute so are not to be made available at this time.

The defendant has been remanded in custody until his next appearance on May 6, 2020.

A trial call over date has been set for July 1, 2021.

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