A case review for those jointly accused of murdering
dairy worker Justin Conrad McFarlane will probably be delayed
by the Crown, as police continue to investigate the
All four young men jointly accused of murdering Mr McFarlane
at his Elderslie home in North Otago on September 11 have
pleaded not guilty.
They appeared before Justice Graham Panckhurst (sitting in
Christchurch) via a video-conference link from the High Court
at Dunedin yesterday. Steven Kenneth Boskell (18), Jacob
Christopher Geary-Smart (22), Ryan Warren Geary-Smart (23),
and Robert James Cummings (22), stood together in the dock
and were flanked by four guards from the Otago Corrections
Casually dressed, the men were grim-faced and said nothing
while their lawyers entered pleas on their behalf.
The facial tattoos of Oamaru farmhand Cummings were clear to
see, including the outline of a large swastika on his left
The Geary-Smart brothers, also of Oamaru, stood side by side,
next to Palmerston resident Boskell.
Justice Panckhurst asked for plea indications yesterday, as
well as any updates from counsel.
Crown solicitor Andrew McRae, of Timaru, said the police
investigation of Mr McFarlane's death was continuing and it
might be difficult to make full disclosure to counsel before
a case review, which was set to be held in Dunedin on
''It may be the case that the Crown will be applying to
extend those timelines.
''I'll know more today when I meet with police, but I
understand it's still an ongoing investigation and there's a
wealth of material that still needs to be disclosed to
counsel in a timely fashion,'' he said.
Interim name suppression orders for Jacob Geary-Smart and
Cummings were lifted by Justice Panckhurst, after Judith
Ablett-Kerr QC and Anne Stevens said they would not apply for
continued suppression of their respective clients' names.
John Westgate said he had applied for Boskell to be remanded
on electronically-monitored bail, the hearing for which was
set to be in Dunedin on October 25.
David More said he also planned to apply for
electronically-monitored bail for Ryan Geary-Smart, and he
would endeavour to do so in time for his application to be
heard at the same time.
No other bail applications were discussed.
Justice Panckhurst remanded all four accused in custody to