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Ashburton WINZ killings: the facts

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/05/2016



* Russell John Tully, 50, convicted of killing two Work and Income employees in a masked shooting spree at their Ashburton office on September 1, 2014


* Work and Income receptionist Peggy Turuhira Noble, 67, and case worker Leigh Cleveland, 54, were killed in the attack

* Tully was also charged with attempted murders of two other case workers, Lindy Curtis - who he shot - and Kim Elizabeth Adams


* Tully was arrested seven hours after the shooting. Armed police found him hiding in a treeline by an Ashburton farm


* Tully represented himself but was not present for most of the trial, after twice being removed for outbursts in front of the jury

* The Crown said a masked Tully shot Ms Noble once, from a near point-blank distance, at the front desk of the Ashburton WINZ offices. He then shot Ms Cleveland three times as she hid under her desk

* Prosecutors said he wanted to make staff "pay" after falling out with a case officer at Work and Income and being served a trespass notice

* The jury was shown 61 seconds of CCTV footage of the killings

* The lawyer appointed to help Tully argued there was doubt about whether he was actually the gunman in the video


* Found guilty in March of both murders, and one attempted murder, along with unlawful possession of two guns

* Not guilty on second attempted murder charge and setting a man-trap - a steel wire between two trees outside the office


* Life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 27 years

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