A Wairarapa supermarket worker was fatally bashed by a group
in a "vigilante attack" in retaliation for an alleged rape, a
court has been told.
Featherston man Glen Jones, 40, died in hospital from serious
head injuries after an attack at his home in January last
Three men and two woman have gone on trial in the High Court
at Wellington today over the attack.
Kristofer Jones, 23, Tariana Jones, 33, Matthew McKinney, 29,
and Hayden Ranson, 28, have pleaded not guilty to murder.
Kristofer Jones and Tariana Jones also pleaded not guilty to
aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and an axe handle.
McKinney and Ranson pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Toni Miller, 23, is standing trial on a charge of aggravated
burglary, but not murder.
Crown prosecutor Grant Burston said Mr Jones was beaten with
weapons and kicked in "a vigilante attack" in his Featherston
He said the defendants had acted in retaliation for an
alleged rape of a woman.
The woman, who was known to the group, complained to police
about the alleged rape in December 2012. She said Mr Jones
had raped her at his flat when she went to drop off some mail
the previous month.
The Crown case is that Mr Jones was attacked by the four
defendants charged with murder, while Miller waited on the
"The four defendants used their hands, feet and two weapons -
a wooden bat and a wooden axe handle - and in that flat,
those weapons were used to end Glen Jones' life.
"He sustained massive head injuries as a result of what
happened to him in his flat. He died five hours later in
Wellington Hospital form the blunt force injuries to his