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Armed police arrest Featherston beating suspect

Published: 5:49AM Tuesday January 15, 2013 Source: ONE News / Fairfax

A man arrested overnight in connection to the vicious killing of a Featherston man has appeared in court today.

Kristofer Jones, 23, was arrested on State Highway 1 near Hunterville at around 2am and charged with aggravated burglary.

He is the fourth person arrested following the death of Glen Jason Jones.

Jones appeared in the Palmerston North District Court this afternoon.

He has been charged with aggravated burglary and has been remanded in custody without plea. He will reapper in the Masterton District Court on Friday.

Jones, 40, died in hospital after he was attacked at his Fitzherbert Street home in Featherston shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

One other man wanted by police, Hayden Ranson, 27, remains at large.

"I would still advise members of the public to not to approach him and to contact Police immediately" says Detective Inspector Sean Hansen.

Police said they had been overwhelmed with help from the public after asking for sightings of the two men.

Warrants for their arrests were issued yesterday along with photos of the pair.

Three co-accused appeared in the Masterton District Court on charges of aggravated burglary yesterday.

They were charged with entering Jones' home with a wooden bat and an axe handle.

Police are also speaking to three other people, but it is unknown whether they will be charged.

Friend's memorial

Kristofer Jones is a former partner of Aimee Wilson, who died after a car she was a passenger in crashed north of Masterton shortly before midnight on January 12, 2011. The couple had a child together.

It is understood a number of people charged in connection with Jones' death were gathering to remember Wilson, who was killed two years to the day before Jones' beating.

A Masterton neighbour of one of the females accused said that she arrived home at about 9.30pm on Friday to find there was a gathering at a Solway address.

A white Holden Commodore which police have linked to the attack was parked in the driveway.

There was a large group of people "drinking and laughing" sitting in deck chairs at the back of property, the neighbour said.

The neighbour has since seen police officers visit the home and remove items in brown paper bags.

On Saturday morning, Kristofer Jones posted on Facebook that he was "still feeling a lil drunk from last night" and organised to meet friends involved in a memorial gathering at the car park of McDonald's in Masterton.

A year earlier a large convoy had gathered in Wilson's memory before driving to the site of her death in Mikimiki Rd.

It is understood children who lived at the address are now staying with their grandmother down the street.

The grandmother said she was struggling to come to terms with the arrests and refused to comment further.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen yesterday said despite sharing a surname, Kristofer Jones was not related to the victim.

Police were still working to determine any links between the victim and his alleged attackers.

Objects linked to Jones' death

More charges would probably follow in relation to Jones' death, Hansen said.

"We had a man killed in his home and there is all likelihood that further charges are likely."

Police have also recovered several objects linked to Jones' death from a Lower Hutt industrial site.

Investigators are still looking for sightings of the white Holden Commodore linked to the death, which travelled through the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Wellington during the weekend.

The three who appeared in court yesterday - two women aged 22 and 32 as well as a 28-year-old man - were remanded in custody until later this week. All three have name suppression.

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