Three people have been charged in relation to the death of Featherston man, police say.
Glen Jones, 40, died about 5am yesterday after being transported to Wellington Hospital. He was found bloody and unconscious by a neighbour who had heard a commotion coming from his Fitzherbert St unit shortly after midnight.
Detective Inspector Sean Hansen said two women, aged 32 and 22, and a 28-year-old man had been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
"I know this will come as huge relief to Glen's family and the wider Featherston community who have been shocked by the attack,'' Hansen said
"Police are continuing inquiries and I anticipate further arrests in the coming days."
All three will appear in the Masterton District Court tomorrow.
Preliminary results from a post mortem examination completed at Wellington Hospital today confirmed that Jones died of head injuries as a result of the attack.
Dozens of past and present Featherston residents have taken to the town's Facebook page to express both their condolences to Jones' family, as well as their outrage at the crime.
South Wairarapa district councillor Solitaire Robertson, who lives in Featherston, said it was a traumatic time for the town but was confident it would pull together.
"We're a really resilient community, there's a lot of good people here and something like this shocks us to the core."
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION
Police are appealing for any sightings of a white Holden Commodore, registration GHE787.
The vehicle was in Masterton on late on Friday night before it was driven to Carterton and then on to Featherston.
Police believe it was near the scene in Revans Street around midnight before heading over the Rimutaka Hill to Wellington.
It has visited various locations in the Hutt Valley and Wellington City before returning to Masterton in the early hours of Saturday morning, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wairarapa police on (06) 370 0300 or anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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