Third man arrested over farm worker's death

Justin Conrad McFarlane's 1992 Mitsubishi GTO two-door red sedan car was found extensively burnt. Photo / Rebecca Ryan
Justin Conrad McFarlane's 1992 Mitsubishi GTO two-door red sedan car was found extensively burnt. Photo / Rebecca Ryan

A third man has been arrested by police investigating the death of North Otago farm worker Justin McFarlane.

A 23-year-old from Oamaru was arrested last night on a murder charge and is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

He was found late yesterday in a Nissan Skyline which has been seized for forensic examination.

It's the third arrest in the investigation.

A 22-year-old Oamaru farmhand appeared before Dunedin District Court this morning. He received interim name suppression and was remanded in custody to appear before the High Court at Timaru on October 1.

Steven Kenneth Boskell, 18, of Palmerston, appeared before Dunedin District Court on Friday and was also remanded in custody to appear before the High Court at Timaru on the same date.

Mr McFarlane's body was found in his home in the rural community of Elderslie early last Wednesday.

A scene examination of the property, on Pine Hill Rd, is due to finish in the next couple of days.

- Otago Daily Times

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