No image ban for Russell John Tully

23:28, Sep 04 2014
Ashburton shooting
The scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
The scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
The site of the shooting.
Ashburton shooting
The cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
A cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office, where two people were killed in a shooting.
Ashburton shooting
Police near the scene of the shooting cordon off a separate area.
Ashburton shooting
A cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office, where two people were killed in a shooting.
Ashburton
Police respond to the Ashburton shooting.
Ashburton
Police respond to the Ashburton shooting.
Tully
Armed police used a helicopter to hunt for Russell John Tully in the Ashburton area.
Tully
An officer directs a pedestrian.
Tully
Police at the corner of Cass and Tancred Streets in Ashburton.
Ashburton
Armed police prepare to enter a property in Willow St, Ashburton, as they hunt for Russell John Tully after the shooting at the town's Work and Income office.
John Tully arrested
A bike lies abandoned on the road near the spot where Russell John Tully was arrested.
Ashburton suspect arrested
Armed police enter a property after a call from a farmer as they search for Russell John Tully.
Russell John Tully
Russell John Tully has been charged with two counts of murder, and one of attempted murder.
Russell John Tully in van
Russell John Tully was sleeping in his van until he had to sell it.
Russell Tully mugshot
Russell John Tully, 48, is accused of murdering two Ashburton women in the town's Work and Income office, and attempting to kill a third.

A judge has refused an order that would stop media continuing to use images of Ashburton double-murder accused Russell John Tully.

The application for the image ban was put forward by Tully's defence counsel Trudi Aickin in the Christchurch High Court today, three days after his appearance in court on two charges of murder and one of attempted murder.

Justice Christian Whata refused the order but suppressed all the discussions, which took place before his ruling - about an hour of legal argument.

He allowed publication of the ruling, and said he would issue a more detailed decision later in the day.

He declined Tully's application to suppress images, but he granted a Crown application for suppression of any closed-circuit television footage of the alleged offender, and he reserved leave for the Crown to seek further suppression orders if other moving images came to light later.

He warned the media that his decision not to suppress images should not be taken as a licence to directly implicate the defendant in the offending, and they must remain cognisant of his rights to a fair trial.

Media should be careful about reporting as the case moved into its pre-trial and trial process, he said.

At the request of the Crown, he emphasised that the media should treat the families of the victims with "basic decency" and respect their privacy.

Robert Stewart appeared at the hearing as counsel for mainstream media organisations, including Fairfax Media, and Andrew McRae, the Timaru prosecutor, appeared for the Crown.

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