Four of five people charged over the bashing death of
Featherston man Glen Jones have now been named.
The 40 year-old Featherston supermarket worker died in
Wellington Hospital hours after he was attacked in his home
early on January 12.
All five appeared in Masterton District Court today on
related charges of entering Mr Jones' home armed with a
wooden bat and an axe handle with the intention of committing
Two female defendants were granted bail this afternoon while
three male defendants were remanded in custody when they
appeared this morning.
Judge Bruce Davidson listened to the bail applications for
Toni Miller, 22, and another female defendant, 32, who was
subsequently granted name suppression until January 25.
Judge Bruce Davidson had earlier lifted an interim name
suppression order on Matthew McKinney, 28, and Toni Miller
after he was told by their respective lawyers Jock Blathwayt
and Louise Elder that they were not seeking to proceed with
Hayden Ranson, 27, and Kristofer Jones, 23, appeared in court
after being formally charged by police in recent days.
When Ranson appeared there was a shout from the public
gallery of, "Hang in there brother. You are doing the right
thing. Your family loves you."
Kristofer Jones appeared in a grey top and grey tracksuit
bottoms with a mullet-style haircut. He looked around
continuously during the short hearing. Ranson wore a grey
T-shirt and he was unkempt.
All five are due to appear again in Masterton District Court
- Trevor Quinn of the Wairarapa Times-Age