Four face life sentences after murder

Four people found guilty of the murder of Featherston man Glen Jones face sentences of life imprisonment.

A jury in the Wellington High Court trial of Tariana Jones, 33, Kristofer Jones, 23, Matthew McKinney 29, and Hayden Ranson 28, returned their verdicts this afternoon, finding all four guilty.

Tariana Jones and Kristofer Jones were also found guilty of aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

McKinney and Ranson had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

A co-accused, Toni Miller, 23, was found guilty of aggravated burglary with a wooden bat and axe handle.

In New Zealand, murder convictions come with a mandatory life imprisonment sentence, with the judge imposing a minimum non-parole period at sentencing.

Mr Jones, 40, died in hospital from serious head injuries after an attack at his home in January last year.

The supermarket worker was fatally bashed in a "vigilante attack" in retaliation for an alleged rape, the court was earlier told.

He suffered massive head injuries and died five hours later in Wellington Hospital.

The Crown said Mr Jones was attacked by the four convicted for murder while Miller waited on the street.

All five were remanded for sentencing on May 22.

They have been on trial since March 3 and the jury retired to deliberate on their verdicts on Wednesday.

The court was told Mr Jones had some disabilities, including learning difficulties and epilepsy. He lived independently at his small flat and had worked at a supermarket for 15 years.

Justice Alan MacKenzie thanked the jury of six women and five men for their time after the verdicts had been delivered.

"This has been a distressing case, and I thank you for your careful and conscientious way you have performed your duties."


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