The man accused of fatally shooting a Northland couple appeared in court this afternoon.
He was Edwin Harvey Maheno, 38, of Kaitaia.
Now charged with two counts of murder, Maheno was believed to have handed himself in to police yesterday following the fatal shooting of Ivan Maheno, 44, and his wife Carmen, 38.
The accused is understood to be the dead couple’s nephew.
Police said they arrived at a home in Fairburn Rd, about 8km east of Kaitaia yesterday morning, to find Ivan Maheno dead and his wife critically injured.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Burke described it to Radio New Zealand as a “terribly gruesome scene”.
Carmen Maheno died in hospital this morning. The couple had two children.
Burke said police - who have 22 officers working on the case - believed the deaths and injuries were the result of gunshot wounds, but said autopsies would be done tomorrow. A full scene examination was being conducted today.
Police were asking for information from anyone who was around 24a Fairburn Rd yesterday morning.
A relative, Jabin Maheno said he was unsure how close uncle and nephew were, and had no idea what the cause of the alleged shooting might be.
Jabin Maheno said Ivan was the "baby" of a huge family as the youngest of 16 or 17 kids.
There were many extended family members also dotted around Australia, who would be "truly gutted", Jabin Maheno said.
Another of Ivan's cousins, Neville Maheno, who lives down the road from where the alleged murder took place, said he saw police cars screaming down the road on Sunday, but had no idea it was anything to do with his family.
Now all the family had were questions.
"That's what's on everybody's mind - why it happened and what happened," Neville Maheno said.
Edwin Harvey Maheno was today remanded in custody to reappear in the Kaitaia District Court on May 30.
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