One of the men on trial for the murder of disabled Featherston man Glen Jones became distressed telling police about seeing Jones' body after he had been assaulted, the High Court in Wellington has heard.
Kristofer Lee Jones told police that he and three or four others had gone to Jones' flat during the night. He had accused Jones of rape when he answered the door.
Kris Jones said he could not remember Glen Jones' face when the door opened. All he remembered was seeing Glen Jones' body lying there.
At first he thought he was only knocked out.
He said he pushed or shoved Glen Jones, perhaps into a television or cabinet, and may have swung him into the middle of the room.
In a recorded interview with police played in court today, Kris Jones said he had been wearing a hood and his peripheral vision had been poor.
The other two men in the group had bats but Kris Jones did not see who had what bat and did not see what they did with them.
He cried when he talked of seeing Glen Jones' body.
Three men and a woman are on trial charged with murdering Glen Jones on January 12 last year.
Kris Jones told police that he had been at a friend's house in Masterton that night and he remembered a female voice talking about going to Featherston. He thought it meant to give someone a "hiding".
The next day someone told him that Glen Jones had died.
After Featherston the group went to Wellington.
Kris Jones' partner had been killed in a car crash two years earlier to the day. The couple had also lost a baby. Jones said the car stopped at the Taita Cemetery where mother and baby were buried.
In the middle of the night he went to the children's section of the cemetery, lay on his daughter's grave and cried.
Jones, 24, Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 33, Matthew John McKinney, 29, and Hayden Ranson, 28, have pleaded not guilty of murdering Glen Jones.
Glen Jones, 40, was killed in a vigilante attack after a woman accused him of rape, the Crown alleges.
Kris Jones said the woman who made the accusation had helped him in the past and when she told him about it she broke down and was crying. She said she thought her drink had been spiked and she had woken up naked, Kris Jones told police.
Glen Jones had a brain tumour when he was a toddler. He was not expected to survive. He did but had several disabilities.
He worked at a Featherston supermarket.