Police say it is likely arrests will be made today in
connection to the death of a "harmless" Featherston man early
Glen Jason Jones, 40, died in Wellington Hospital just before
5am yesterday after a midnight attack at his home in
A neighbour said she called emergency services after she saw
several men, one carrying a baseball bat, running from Mr
After phoning police she found Mr Jones' unconscious body.
Mr Jones' friends were yesterday in shock over his sudden
death and gathered at a pub in nearby Carterton to remember
A police spokesman said it was likely that arrests would be
made today and a post-mortem examination is planned.
His former girlfriend Lisha Wellington was visibly upset when
she arrived outside Mr Jones' boarding house on Fitzherbert
She said he had lived there for about five years.
"He was the kindest guy I've ever met," she said. "He was an
innocent guy and he wouldn't do anyone any harm.
"I don't know who would want to kill him."
Another friend, Bronwyn Hutching, said he was a "nice, loving
"He was kind and considerate and very friendly."
Victim Support is working with Mr Jones' family, who have
lived all their lives in Wairarapa and are well known in
His parents Dave and Sue and brother Shane were too upset to
The property where Mr Jones lived was a small motel-style
boarding house. It was cordoned off for a forensic
Police had also cordoned off a secondary crime scene, in
nearby Revans St.
Detective Inspector Sean Hansen said Mr Jones had suffered a
"vicious beating ... He received a number of injuries.
"At this stage we do not believe this is a random attack," Mr
"We also know that more than one person was involved in that
attack and I urge anyone who was involved to come forward."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 0800
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ