28 Mar 2014

Four found guilty of murder

9:57 pm on 28 March 2014

Four people charged with murdering a disabled Featherston supermarket worker have been found guilty by a jury on Friday.

Tariana Jones.

Tariana Jones. Photo: RNZ

Matthew McKinney.

Matthew McKinney. Photo: RNZ

Matthew McKinney, Kristopher Jones, Tariana Jones and Hayden Ranson have been before the High Court in Wellington.

Glen Jones' severely injured body was found in his home in January last year and he later died in Wellington Hospital.

Hayden Ranson.

Hayden Ranson. Photo: RNZ

Kristopher Jones.

Kristopher Jones. Photo: NZ POLICE

Mr Jones had been beaten and kicked and hit with a wooden bat and an axe handle, which left him with massive head injuries.

The Crown said it was a vigilante attack because those charged believed Mr Jones had raped a woman known to them.

Ranson and McKinney had earlier pleaded guilty to the aggravated burglary of Mr Jones' home.

The jury also found Tariana Jones, Kristopher Jones and Toni Miller guilty of that charge.

Justice Mackenzie remanded all five in custody for sentencing in May.