Murder accused identified three years on

01:20, Aug 22 2014
Brett Hall
LOSS: Brett Hall.

The man accused of murdering Brett Hall hear Whanganui more than three years ago can finally be identified.

Builder David Owen Lyttle, 49, of Halcombe, was arrested in June this year but a succession of court orders have kept his name secret until today. 

However a judge in the High Court has suppressed the evidence that is expected to be called against Lyttle, who has pleaded not guilty.

He is next due in court on October 20.

Mr Hall disappeared after being at his farm, between Parikino and Atene on the Whanganui River, on about May 27, 2011. His body has not been found.

Detective Sergeant John Gleeson of Whanganui police said the release of Lyttle's name might prompt more information coming forward.

Police were still looking for a number of items. If anyone had information they thought could be relevant police want to know, Gleeson said.

Whanganui Police can be contacted on (06) 349 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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