Police swooped on a bus travelling between Dunedin and
Oamaru to arrest a fourth man in relation to the murder of
North Otago farm worker Justin McFarlane.
The 22-year-old was arrested yesterday afternoon after police
received information he and his girlfriend would be on the
He was questioned at Dunedin Central Police station and
appeared in the Dunedin District Court today.
He has interim name suppression and was dealt with by
registrar's adjournment in the Dunedin District Court this
He is charged jointly with Steven Kenneth Boskell (18), of
Palmerston; Ryan Warren Geary-Smart (23), of Oamaru; and a
22-year-old Oamaru farm hand, who has interim name
suppression, with murdering Justin Conrad McFarlane, on
All four have been remanded in custody to appear in the
Timaru District Court on 1 October.
Police have also arrested a 52-year-old Oamaru woman and have
been speaking to another person and "assessing their
The scene examination will be completed at Mr McFarlane's
house in Pine Hill Road today where Mr McFarlane was found
dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The forensic examination of the Nissan Skyline car connected
to Geary-Smart has also been completed.
Acting Detective Inspector Colin Blackie says the
Operation Steelers investigation team was grateful for good
information they've received from members of the public,
including sightings of the vehicles believed to be linked to
"However, it's also been disappointing that a number of
people appear to have been assisting those now facing murder
charges either to evade Police or to destroy evidence that
might be crucial to the case."
Yesterday police arrested a 52-year-old Oamaru woman charged
with being an accessory after the fact in relation to Mr
She is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court later this
Police say that those people who may have assisted in
protecting those now charged in relation to Mr McFarlane's
death are likely to be the focus of