Name suppression lapses for arrested Head Hunters members
A senior Head Hunters figure is among six men arrested after police raids on a gang premises in December.
A patchwork of interim suppression orders covered some members – including Lyndon Vaughan Richardson, considered by many in the underworld to be the president of the gang's Christchurch branch – since their arrests after the raids on December 6.
The six men were remanded by Judge Brian Callaghan on Monday to another case review hearing in the Christchurch District Court on May 29.
All six have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face.
The men are:
Richardson, 44, debt collector, of Bryndwr, who denies charges of participating in an organised criminal group, receiving stolen property, failure to answer bail, and failing to assist a detective carrying out a search.
Carrick John Broadley, 40, a contractor, of Parklands, is facing the criminal group charge, conspiring to deal in methamphetamine, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, unlawful possession of firearms, and failing to answer bail.
Darrin Stephen Baylis, 51, a mechanic, of Cashmere, is charged with the criminal group charge, possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.
Benjamin Gabriel Kney, 42, of New Brighton, has denied the criminal group charge, cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis, and driving charges.
Steven Charles Strickland, 47, of Mairehau, faces the criminal group charge, and several charges of conspiring to deal in methamphetamine.
Michael Gerard Kevin Murphy, 61, faces only the charge of participating in an organised criminal group.
The men are mainly on bail, but at least one remains in custody.
The raids by detectives and armed police on properties in Christchurch ended a four-month investigation into the Head Hunters gang.