Charges made in relation to Tauranga homicide

A man charged with the murders of two men at a Tauranga property is due to appear in court today. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLIve.

The 25-year-old Bay of Plenty man arrested yesterday in Christchurch has been charged with the murders of two men at a Tauranga property on Tuesday February 11.

He is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court today February 15.

The arrest was made at a property in New Brighton, and followed a homicide investigation into two men at an Ormsby Lane address in Omanawa on Tuesday.

State Highway Two (southbound) between Waihi Road off-ramp and Takitimu Drive on-ramp has reopened following the fatal Police shooting on Thursday.

However, the southbound SH2 link road to the City Centre/ Mt Maunganui remains closed and vehicles must exit at 15th Avenue.

The scene examination is continuing.

Police are yet to formally identify the deceased and a post mortem is expected to be carried out today.

Western Bay of Plenty mayors and Police will be holding a public meeting to address gang violence issues in the area at Baycourt this Thursday, February 20 at 7pm.

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges will be holding a public meeting in Tauranga to talk about gangs and the recent criminal activity that has been happening in the community on February 27, at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club at 6.30pm.

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It's pretty obvious...

Posted on 15-02-2020 13:44 | By morepork

… that gun crime is increasing and it needs to be stamped on. Anyone firing a gun at police should automatically receive a decent jail term (say, 5 years...) to reinforce the point that that is unacceptable. I agree with Lyrch that the gun penalty should be a separate crime without concurrent sentencing.

Not living in fear

Posted on 15-02-2020 08:47 | By I B Stornche

I support the police crackdown on gangs, but the government and citizens must get behind them and not cry civil rights etc. I don’t like the mayor saying the community is living in fear. That’s an over the top exaggeration, not appreciated by the sensible sector of the community.

Gun crime

Posted on 15-02-2020 08:18 | By Lyrch

If the labour government wants to get tough on gun crime like they said, then the gun conviction sentence should be a separate crime and served in full on top of the total time given, if any, and not made concurrent.

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