Four found guilty of murdering Glen Jones
Four people have been found guilty of murdering Featherston man Glen Jones.
Jones, 40, a supermarket worker, died from severe head injuries less than five hours after he was attacked at his Featherston flat early on January 12 last year.
A jury in the High Court in Wellington delivered its verdicts just before 5pm today after deliberating for two days.
Found guilty were Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 34, Matthew John McKinney, 29, Kristofer Lee Jones, 24, and Hayden Ranson, 28.
Two of the defendants, McKinney and Ranson, had pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. The others and Toni Maree Miller were found guilty of that charge.
All were remanded to be sentenced on May 22.
The Crown had alleged Ranson and Kristofer Jones had the bats that probably inflicted the most damage. It alleged Tariana Jones and Toni Miller had roles in instigating the attack and that Tariana Jones had put on "stomping boots" specially for the trip to Featherston.
McKinney told police that he had been expecting Glen Jones to get a "touch up" but there would be no head shots.
During a trial that began nearly four weeks ago the jury heard that Glen Jones had been accused of rape by a woman who was known to at least four of the defendants.
However, the jury also heard that the woman told police that she did not remember what happened the night she spent with Glen Jones.
Two cars had travelled from Masterton after people at a gathering discussed the rape claim. Two axe handles and a homemade bat were taken, but only one of the axe handles and the bat were taken when a group approached Glen Jones' flat a few minutes after midnight.
The jury began considering its verdicts about 4pm on Wednesday.
Family of Glen Jones who were present for the verdicts did not want to comment afterwards. Police in charge of the case did not comment either.
Four police officers and two court security guards were in court for delivery of the verdicts, but the jury's decision was received in silence by the family and supporters of the defendants.