One of the men accused of murdering disabled Featherston man Glen Jones took two broken axe handles to give a "rapist" a hiding, a jury has been told.
Johnny Meeuws, nicknamed Big Sexy, said Matthew McKinney had an axe handle on each shoulder.
"I asked him what he was up to and he said he was going to f… up a rapist," Mr Meeuws said in the High Court at Wellington yesterday.
He thought that meant someone was going to get a hiding.
A few weeks earlier he had heard his flatmates, Toni Miller and McKinney, who was known as Anaconda, talking to Tariana Jones, who was known as Skin, about a man who had raped someone they knew.
Miller was doing most of the talking and was angry and upset but there was no talk of a plan or weapons.
Mr Meeuws, who was recently out of prison and still on electronically monitored bail, said he told them to "pull their heads in". They had children and families and did not have to be in the same situation as him.
The Crown alleges Glen Jones was the victim of a vigilante attack after he was accused of rape. However, the jury is also expected to hear evidence that the accuser was seen cuddling him and had consensual sex with him after the alleged rape.
Mr Jones, 40, died in hospital from head injuries a few hours after the attack early on January 12 last year.
Tariana Jones, 33, Kristofer Lee Jones, 24, Matthew McKinney, 29, and Hayden Ranson, 28, have pleaded not guilty of murder.
McKinney and Ranson have pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary but Tariana Jones and Kristofer Jones pleaded not guilty.
Toni Maree Miller, 23, pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary. She is alleged to have driven three of the others from Masterton to Featherston on the night of the attack.
A man who lives on a street near Mr Jones' flat said that after midnight he heard two cars pull up nearby.
Kevin Mahoney said he heard a woman say: "He lives around the corner, he's there now, he doesn't live on this side of the street."
A male said, "Well, we'll go there now", and the female repeated herself and added, "He's an easy one to get."
The trial has adjourned until Monday.
- The Dominion Post
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