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Chch shooting accused makes court appearance

Published: 11:21AM Wednesday July 28, 2010 Source: ONE News/NZPA

Five new charges were laid against the Christchurch man accused of shooting two policemen and killing a police dog when he reappeared in Christchurch District Court this morning.

Christopher Graeme Smith, 34, a process worker of Phillipstown, indicated to Judge Noel Welsh that he might defend all the charges and was further remanded in custody for a post-committal conference on September 10, the Christchurch Court News website reported.

Smith is accused of shooting and injuring Senior Constable Bruce Lamb and Constable Mitchel Alatolo and shooting dead police dog Gage on the 13th of July.

Lamb was shot in the face and Alatalo was shot in the leg during a during a routine call-out which happened at a Buccleugh St house in suburban Phillipstown.

Smith already faced charges of attempting to murder the police officers, killing police dog Gage, using a firearm against a third policeman, unlawful possession of an offensive weapon - a pig knife - and cultivating cannabis.

The new charges were unlawful possession of a Stirling .22 semi-automatic rifle, a .22 bolt-action rifle and a Mauser 6.55mm rifle, possession of cannabis and using a firearm against a fourth police officer.

On a further charge of possession of cannabis, he was remanded to a status hearing on August 10.

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