Family struggling to accept violent loss
The grieving sister of slain Oamaru dairy farm worker Justin McFarlane says her family is struggling to come to terms with his violent death.
Kim Julius spoke to The Press yesterday after a third person was charged with her younger brother's murder.
Police say they are still looking for one other person who may have been present at the time of his killing in his Elderslie home last Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of her family, Julius said McFarlane, 35, had three children aged 16 and under, and grew up in Glenavy, north of Oamaru. He loved working in the dairy industry, she said.
"He was a fun loving guy who had a great sense of humour. He was very hard working, a devoted father and a great son and brother."
McFarlane's death shocked the family, but "we're managing at this stage", she said.
His funeral is on Thursday.
Three people have so far been charged with his murder.
On Sunday afternoon, police arrested a 23-year-old man, who has name suppression, and later charged him with McFarlane's murder.
He was found in a Nissan Skyline car in Oamaru. The vehicle was seized for forensic examination.
A 22-year-old Oamaru man, who also has name suppression, and 18-year-old Palmerston man, Steven Kenneth Boskell, have also been charged with his murder.
All three men have appeared in court and remanded without plea to appear in the High Court at Timaru on October 1.
The scene examination yesterday continued at McFarlane's home in Pine Hill Rd. It is expected to be completed in the next few days.
Police were examining another Nissan Skyline they impounded after a short pursuit early on Wednesday.
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