A man accused of murdering a supposed rapist told police that bats were taken "only to look good" and there were not supposed to be any "head shots".
"I didn't know it was going to escalate to all of this s...," Matthew John McKinney told police after Glen Jones died.
Mr Jones, 40, a disabled supermarket worker of Featherston, had been accused of raping a woman known to McKinney and some of his friends. However a jury in the High Court at Wellington has also heard that she and Mr Jones were seen cuddling the morning after the alleged rape and she told police that she did not remember what happened when she went to see Mr Jones.
The jury has today seen recordings of police interviews with McKinney.
McKinney told police he was told that his friend was drugged by Mr Jones but the jury has heard the woman went to Mr Jones' flat after drinking alcohol and having prescription painkillers.
McKinney, 29, told Detective Sergeant Michael Smith, that he was told Mr Jones was a rapist and he wanted to make him sorry.
"This is what happens when you blokes don't help out. Something had to be done, do you understand?" he asked.
But he maintained that Mr Jones was only supposed to be "touched up". The other two men with him had weapons, one a homemade bat and the other an axe handle, but the weapons were just supposed to look good.
There were not supposed to be any head shots, he said.
McKinney said he was a lookout standing at the door of Mr Jones' flat and did not watch what happened. He only entered the flat to pull out the other two men, to say Mr Jones had had enough.
"We were only trying to give him a fright. We wanted to put the fear of God into this man. Maybe a broken leg, that was all. He raped someone very close to us."
The trial has heard the woman, whose name was suppressed, had complained to police about Mr Jones on December 17, 2012, police interviewed her on January 4, 2013, and Mr Jones was killed in the early hours of January 12, before police spoke to him about the allegation.
McKinney, Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 33, Kristofer Lee Jones, 24, and Hayden Ranson, 28, have pleaded not guilty of murder.
McKinney and Ranson have pleaded guilty of aggravated burglary but the other two and Toni Maree Miller, 23, pleaded not guilty.
Their trial is continuing.
- The Dominion Post
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