'Touch up' allegedly turned fatal

Last updated 12:33 14/03/2014

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The woman accused of being the instigator of the fatal beating of a Featherston man told police she could not get the memory of the victim's screams out of her head.

"I just heard him screaming and shit. I just can't, honestly I can't get that scream out of my head."

At first Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 33, told police that she did not go to the man's flat the night he was killed. Then she changed her account and said that she stood outside and heard what happened. Then she was at the door and then that she stepped inside to tell one of the attackers, "that was enough".

In the High Court at Wellington today a jury is seeing a recorded interview Tariana Jones had with police after Glen Jones died.

Mr Jones, 40, a disabled supermarket worker, died of head injuries after Tariana Jones and three others paid him a midnight visit on January 12, last year, the Crown alleges.

It was a vigilante attack after a woman known to some of the group claimed Mr Jones had raped her, the Crown says.

But yesterday the court was told it was admitted that the rape complainant had spent the night with Mr Jones, who she knew, after having alcohol and prescription painkillers. He had also been drinking. She could not remember what happened but told police about six weeks later that she was "sore" in the morning.

Mr Jones told his mother he had sex with the woman and they were "together".

A neighbour saw the couple kissing and hugging that morning and they had consensual sex at least once afterwards, the jury has been told.

Tariana Jones told police that she thought a couple who had been at her Masterton house on January 11, last year, knew the woman and had heard of the rape complaint.

Another person who had been at her house had wanted to go to Wellington to visit the grave of his late partner and baby at the Taita Cemetery.

Jones said that two cars set off that evening and she thought it was not until they were on the way to Wellington that it was decided to "touch up" the alleged rapist.

"... They wanted to give him a little bit of a touch up but obviously that didn't happen. It's worse, that guy's now dead, it's f....., it really is."

The man had been standing trying to fight when he was hit with an axe handle. He fell on to the bed and ended up on the floor.

"I can't get that f..... picture out of my head, ... of that guy on the floor."

Evidence the jury has already heard included witnesses who said that two axe handles and a homemade bat were taken in the cars and Tariana Jones changed into her "stomping boots" before she left home.

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Jones is charged with murder along with Kristofer Lee Jones, 24, Matthew John McKinney, 29, and Hayden Ranson, 28. They have pleaded not guilty.

McKinney and Ranson have pleaded guilty of aggravated burglary of Glen Jones' flat but Tariana Jones, Kristofer Jones, and Toni Maree Miller, 23, pleaded not guilty to that charge.

Miller had driven one of the cars. She has been coughing in court and was excused from attending the trial yesterday afternoon and is not in court today. 

- The Dominion Post

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