Invercargill murder-accused police officer Ben McLean appears in court

Verity and Ben McLean, pictured in 2016.
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Verity and Ben McLean, pictured in 2016.

An Invercargill policeman accused of shooting his wife dead has been remanded in custody as his lawyer waits for documents from the police.

Constable Ben McLean made no plea to murdering Verity Ann McLean and the attempted murder of Garry Duggan during an earlier bedside court hearing in Southland hospital.

Verity McLean died in the shooting on Anzac Day. Duggan, who suffered several gunshot wounds, phoned emergency services.

Ben McLean, 47, was injured in the incident, though police have not said how.

He appeared at the court hearing by video link, as did the judge, Justice Gerald Nation.

The unshaven McLean remained silent throughout the hearing.

His lawyer, Bill Dawkins, said it was too early to be looking at pleas at this stage, as the incident was still under investigation.

Dawkins was yet to receive disclosure from the Crown and was expecting further statements to be provided by police on Friday.

Forensic evidence was also expected to take up to another four weeks, he said.

"My request is perhaps six weeks before pleas," Dawkins said.

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"There needs to be disclosure of evidence as soon as it is available," Judge Nation said.

He then remanded McLean in custody until July 18 for a case review hearing.

"I expect pleas to be entered on that date."

 - Stuff

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