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Double murder accused named

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 09:32 06/08/2014

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The man accused of killing two pawn shop workers can now be named.

Zarn Tarapata, 25, appeared in the High Court at Auckland today charged with the murder of Paul Fanning, 69, and Paul Matthews, 47.

The men died following what police called a "violent incident" at the Takanini Ezy Cash Store last month.

Tarapata was arrested in Huntly the following day.

He appeared in the High Court at Auckland today and entered pleas of not guilty.

Justice Graham Lang set a trial date of May 11, 2015.

Name suppression imposed at Tarapata's first appearance was not pursued meaning he can now be named.

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