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Arrests made in Featherston homicide investigation

Published: 5:00PM Sunday January 13, 2013 Source: ONE News

Police have arrested three people in relation to the fatal beating of a Featherston man and are expecting to make further arrests in the coming days.

Glen Jason Jones, 40, died in hospital after was attacked at a Fitzherbert Street address just before midnight Friday.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen said police had arrested two women, aged 32 and 22, along with a 28-year-old man, as part of their investigation.

"All three have been charged with aggravated burglary in connection with the attack on Mr Jones," said Hansen.

"I know this will come as huge relief to Glen's family and the wider Featherston community who have been shocked by the attack."

All three will appear in the Masterton District Court tomorrow.

Hansen said inquiries are continuing and they expected more people would be arrested in the coming days.

Preliminary results from a post mortem examination confirm Jones died of head injuries as a result of the attack.

Neighbour Jason Max said he heard sounds of a scuffle coming from Jones' unit the night of the attack.

"I was in bed asleep, I could hear all this yelling and screaming then it went quiet and I thought he'd got rid of them," Max told ONE News.

"It started again so I went towards the door…they were running down the drive."

Locals told ONE News yesterday that they were struggling to understand why anyone would harm the man they describe as a "pillar" of the community.

Police appeal for sightings

Police are appealing for sightings of a white Holden Commodore and its occupants.

They say the vehicle, registration GHE787, was in Masterton on Friday night before it was driven to Carterton and then on to Featherston.

Police believe the car was in Revans Street, less than a kilometre from where the attack took place, around midnight before heading over the Rimutaka Hill.

It has visited various locations in the Hutt Valley and Wellington before returning to Masterton yesterday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.