The family of slain farm worker Justin McFarlane are
''struggling'' to come to terms with his brutal death as they
prepare for the funeral of a beloved son, brother and father.
The 35-year-old, who was found dead in his Elderslie home
last Wednesday morning, will be cremated after a funeral
''We are struggling but we are getting there ... We have
great support,'' his sister, Kim Julius, told the Otago
Mr McFarlane was ''a fun-loving guy with a great sense of
''He was a hard worker and a devoted dad. He loved his kids
completely, was a great son and a much-loved brother.''
She praised police, who had kept the family up to date with
That case included two more arrests yesterday.
Stephanie Rose Lawrence (26), shop assistant, and Corbin
George Taylor (17), employed, both of Oamaru, appeared in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday on charges of being an
accessory after the fact in relation to assistance given to
those now charged with murder.
Both were remanded on bail, with conditions, to appear in the
Oamaru District Court on October 9.
That brings to seven the number of people arrested as part of
Operation Steelers, including four people aged between 18 and
23 charged with murder.
Yesterday, teams continued to search an area of the
Maheno-Kakanui road for items of interest in the
Some were located by a team of about 20 people, who have been
searching a 500m to 600m area
along the road. Police declined to provide details on those
items of interest found in their search, which concluded
The police search involved seven Christchurch-based
specialist search staff, who were assisted by 14 local
community volunteers from the North Otago Search and Rescue
Club, the North Otago Tramping Club and the local fishing
''Their assistance is hugely appreciated and they've been
fantastic in giving up their time to help police in their
search for items of interest,'' Detective Senior Sergeant
John Ferguson, of Dunedin, said.