Men charged with attempted murders

By Sandra Conchie

A Tauranga man and two Hamilton men have been charged with the attempted murders following two separate shooting incidents.

A warrant for arrest was issued in Tauranga District Court this morning for a 44-year-old Tauranga man who is jointly charged with two counts of attempted murder and one joint charge each of aggravated burglary and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The wanted man has since been located by police this afternoon and is due in the same court tomorrow.

The attempted murder offences are alleged to have occurred in Hamilton and Tauranga earlier this year.

In July, shots were fired into a house in Welcome Bay. A man inside the house suffered injuries to his head.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said: "Enquiries over the last couple of months revealed that there had been a home invasion at the same Welcome Bay address on 17 May that had not been reported to us. We also discovered that there had been an unreported shooting in Hamilton on 31 May that was relevant to our investigation."

Hamilton man John Paul Murphy, 35, is also jointly charged with two counts of attempted murder, one joint charge of aggravated burglary, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a further burglary charge.

Murphy is yet to enter pleas to the charges and was remanded in custody at Tauranga District Court this morning.

The matter will be called in court again on October 18, but Murphy's attendance on that day has been excused.

The third man in the trio is not due to appear in court until October 3.

Judge Thomas Ingram, who remanded Murphy in custody and signed the arrest warrant for the Tauranga man, has suppressed publication of the names of both attempted murder complainants on the request of police.

The Tauranga man also faces a separate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice and possession of LSD.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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