Second man arrested over Rangiora murder

Police cordoned off the street where the murder took place. Photo / Kurt Bayer
Police cordoned off the street where the murder took place. Photo / Kurt Bayer

A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Tony John Lochhead in Rangiora last Friday.

A 39-year old Christchurch man was arrested today and will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow, charged with the murder of Mr Lochhead and the aggravated wounding of Mr Lochhead's brother.

He is jointly charged with a 36-year old Rakaia man who was arrested on Sunday night.

Detective Inspector David Long says the man was arrested this morning at a car park in Hornby, as a result of police enquiries over the past three days.

Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the murder investigation, Detective Inspector Long said.

"However we are continuing to speak to a number of other people who may face charges in relation to assisting the alleged offenders after the incident occurred.''

Detective Inspector Long has confirmed that Mr Lochhead suffered a stab wound, and said police recovered a knife from the scene where the incident is believed to have occurred.

Police received a positive response to calls for information about people hitchhiking between Rangiora and Christchurch, he said. One person came forward to advise that they had offered a ride to one of the men who has subsequently been charged.

"We're grateful for the information and assistance we have received from the public, which has been extremely valuable to the investigation team.''

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