Bleeding man bashed, 'vigilante' trial told

Last updated 16:16 12/03/2014
MURDER TRIAL: Featherston's Glen Jones was 40 when he died.

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LATEST: The bloodstains in the flat where Featherston man Glen Jones. 40, was beaten to death indicated that at least two blows were struck to a bleeding person, a scientist says.

David Neale has described in detail the blood that was spattered, dropped, pooled and smeared around the combined living room-bedroom of Jones' flat in what a jury has been told was a former motel block.

Over two days, January 12 and 13 last year, the blood marks were documented and representative samples taken, Neale said in the High Court in Wellington today.

Neale's description ranged from the model vehicles knocked over, to the dragon-design mirror on the wall and the remnants of a meal left on a plate in the middle of the bed.

However, he cautioned that some of the blood might have been spread during ambulance staff's attempts to save Jones in the small room.

The marks on the walls and furnishings indicated at least two blows were struck to a bleeding person at or near the foot end of the bed, he said.

Four people on trial charged with murdering Jones are Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 33, Kristofer Lee Jones, 24,

Matthew John McKinney, 29, and Hayden Ranson, 28. They have pleaded not guilty.

Ranson and McKinney have pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary but the other two, and Toni Maree Miller, 23, have pleaded not guilty.

Their trial is in its second week.

The Crown alleges Jones, a disabled supermarket worker, was killed in a vigilante attack about two months after he was accused of raping a woman. 

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- The Dominion Post

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