A second man has appeared in court in relation to the murder of Lois Tolley in Upper Hutt in 2016.

The 27-year-old appeared in the Manukau District Court today following his arrest in Auckland late last week.

Charged with aggravated burglary and two charges of assault with intent to rob, the accused was remanded in custody to reappear in February.

Tolley was shot at point-blank range and stabbed in her Wallaceville flat on Ward St.

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The second arrest in relation to her death comes after a 27-year-old man appeared in Hutt Valley District Court on September 11 charged with Tolley's murder.

Detective Inspector Scott Miller said it was pleasing to bring another person before the courts, and police were continuing to pursue other suspects.

Police have previously said they believed at least four people were involved in the homicide.

A group of four males were captured on CCTV camera fleeing the crime scene.

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As the attackers escaped, one of them was allegedly heard swearing and yelling, "Oh my God, what have we done?"

A neighbour in the block of flats next to Tolley's found her body. She had heard Tolley screaming.

A year after Tolley's death police had said they had narrowed the suspect list to 12.

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They were either directly involved in committing the murder, helped plan the attack on Tolley, or assisted the killers after the murder, police said on the first anniversary of the death.

The police investigation team had worked through more than 130 people of interest at that stage.

Tolley's mother previously told the Herald she had no doubt her daughter's killers would be caught.

She described her youngest daughter as a beautiful, caring person who was "very much loved by so many".

"We miss Lois so much, this has devastated our family and her friends, they stole her future from her and all of us."