Teuila Fuatai

Teuila Fuatai is a reporter for the NZ Herald

Four guilty in Glen Jones' murder trial

The crime scene in Featherston, and Glen Jones (inset). Photos / Rebecca Quilliam
The crime scene in Featherston, and Glen Jones (inset). Photos / Rebecca Quilliam

Four people have been found guilty of the murder of Featherston man Glen Jones.

The jury in the Wellington High Court trial of Tariana Jones, 33, Kristopher Jones, 23, Matthew McKinney 29, and Hayden Ranson 28, returned their verdicts this afternoon.

Tariana Jones and Kristopher Jones were also found guilty of aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

McKinney and Ranson had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

A co-accused, Toni Miller, 23, was found guilty of aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

All five were remanded in custody for sentencing on May 22.

The five had been on trial since March 3 and the jury retired to retire their verdicts on Wednesday.

Mr Jones, 40, died in hospital from serious head injuries after an attack at his home in January last year.

The supermarket worker was fatally bashed in a "vigilante attack'' in retaliation for an alleged rape, the court was earlier told.

He suffered massive head injuries and died five hours later in Wellington Hospital.

The Crown said Mr Jones was attacked by the four charged with murder while Miller waited on the street.

The court was told Mr Jones had some disabilities, including learning difficulties and epilepsy. He lived independently at his small flat and had worked at a supermarket for 15 years.

- APNZ

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