The Pine Hill Rd house where police believe a 35-year-old
farm worker was murdered. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
A third man has been charged with murder following the
death of Elderslie farm worker Justin McFarlane but police are
continuing to search for another person who might ''have been
present'' at the time of the incident.
Mr McFarlane (35) was found dead in his Pine Hill Rd house
about 4.30am on Wednesday, and Southern Police Acting
Detective Inspector Colin Blackie yesterday confirmed a third
suspect was arrested and charged with murder on Sunday night,
after a 23-year-old man was located in a Nissan Skyline car
The vehicle he was found in was seized for forensic
examination. Ryan Warren Geary-Smart (23), an Oamaru forestry
worker, did not make an appearance in court yesterday, but
instead was remanded by a Dunedin District Court registrar.
Two other men have already appeared in the Dunedin District
Court charged with the murder of Mr McFarlane.
Steven Kenneth Boskell (18), of Palmerston, appeared, in the
Dunedin District Court on Friday charged with murder.
A 22-year-old man, who was granted interim name suppression,
also appeared yesterday charged with murder, after he was
apprehended at an address in Oamaru on Saturday.
Both men were remanded in custody to the Timaru High Court
until October 1. Acting Det Insp Blackie said inquiries in
the ''complex'' investigation were continuing.
Police still wanted to talk to several people who knew about
the circumstances leading up to Mr McFarlane's death and ''in
particular one person who may have been present at the time
of his death''.
He could not confirm whether that person might have witnessed
the crime or might be a suspect, or both.
''Essentially, we are seeking to make contact with this
person at this stage to find out what they know about Mr
Police had carried out scene examinations of locations and
vehicles. A scene investigation of Mr McFarlane's Pine Hill
Rd home would conclude in the next couple of days.
The investigation, named ''Operation Steelers'', which
involved about 40 police and support staff, had made ''good
progress''. It had also received good co-operation from the
North Otago public, he said.
''We'd also like to thank those members of the public who
have provided the investigation with information. This is
Police also continued to forensically examine a second Nissan
Skyline that was impounded following a short police pursuit
last Wednesday. Police believed the vehicle was linked to the
circumstances surrounding Mr McFarlane's death.
Although details of a postmortem examination have not been
released, police had previously made it clear he died in a