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Work and Income killer files appeal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/06/2016

Russell John Tully, who shot and killed two workers at a Work and Income office in Ashburton, is appealing his conviction and sentence of life imprisonment.

Tully was found guilty in March of murdering Peggy Noble and Susan Cleveland at the government agency in September 2014.

The 50-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 27 years, by Justice Cameron Mander in the High Court at Christchurch in May.

A Court of Appeal spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday that Tully had filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence, but no date for a hearing had been set.

Tully shot 67-year-old Ms Noble once, from a near point-blank distance, as she dealt with a person at the front desk of the Ashburton Work and Income offices. He then shot Ms Cleveland, 54, three times as she hid under her desk.

At his two-week trial, Tully was also found guilty of attempting to murder one other staff member, Kim Adams, as well as unlawful possession of firearms.

Tully, who had a grievance against Work and Income, represented himself during the trial which he was largely absent from.

He was found not guilty of attempting to murder Lindy Curtis or setting a man-trap - a steel wire strung between two trees - on the banks of the Ashburton River.

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