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Work and Income shooter to learn fate

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016
Russell John Tully © NZ Police Russell John Tully

The man who shot and killed two Work and Income workers in Ashburton is set to learn his fate.

Russell John Tully is due to be sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch on Friday for the murders of Peggy Turuhira Noble and Susan Leigh Cleveland in September 2014.

Following a two-week trial earlier this year, he was also found guilty of attempting to murder one other staff member, Kim Adams, as well as unlawful possession of firearms.

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.

The homeless 49-year-old, who had a grievance against Work and Income, represented himself and was largely absent from the hearing.

During the trial, the jury was shown 61 seconds of CCTV footage that captured the brutal slayings.

The court heard how Tully had been trespassed from the Ashburton office earlier in August 2014.

But on the morning of September 1, he walked into the front office, wearing a balaclava, holding a sawn-off shotgun, and began his killing spree.

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