Two more people are being sought over the brutal death of
Featherston man Glen Jones.
Police yesterday arrested three people over the Saturday
morning attack on the 40-year-old, which has shocked Mr
Jones' family and the wider Featherston community.
Two women, aged 32 and 22, and a 28-year-old man will appear
in Masterton District Court today charged with aggravated
Detective Inspector Sean Hansen this morning said police had
spoken to three more people overnight and were seeking two
"What I'd like to say is, we know who they are. They know
we're looking for them and I urge them to come forward to
police. Now is the opportunity to come forward," he told
Radio New Zealand.
"There's a large group of people who have been involved with
the entire incident, and again the inquiry will establish
exactly what part or what degree they were involved."
Mr Hansen said burglary charges were most commonly linked to
theft, but could also cover entering a property to commit
violent acts on people.
"Hence the reason for the aggravated burglary charge."
Police hoped to establish whether further charges would be
laid over the next week or two.
Mr Hansen said weapons had been used, but he could not
disclose what they were.
He said the investigation was looking at whether Mr Jones
knew his attackers, but had ruled out a connection with gangs
"We are confident that it's not random, and that the people
of the Featherston community can feel as safe in their homes
as they did before this incident on Friday."
Mr Hansen acknowledged the help of the public and a community
patrol operating on Friday night, which had provided a car
licence plate number.
"And I acknowledge the fantastic job that these community
patrols do, not just in places like Featherston but right
across New Zealand."
Preliminary results from a post mortem examination completed
at Wellington Hospital confirmed that Mr Jones died of head
Police are appealing for any sightings of a white Holden
Commodore with the registration GHE787.
The vehicle was in Masterton late on Friday night before it
was driven to Carterton and then on to Featherston.
Police believe it was near the scene in Revans St around
midnight before heading over the Rimutaka Hill to Wellington.
It visited various locations in the Hutt Valley and
Wellington City before returning to Masterton in the early
hours of Saturday morning.