Featherston homicide: second wanted man gives himself up in Upper Hutt

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News from NZ Police
Wairarapa Police can confirm that Hayden Ranson, 27, handed himself in at the Upper Hutt Police Station at 10.55am today. He will appear in the Lower Hutt District Court tomorrow morning facing a charge of aggravated burglary.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen says “I know that Glen’s family has been eagerly anticipating a resolution and will be relieved. This result will also bring some comfort to the Featherston and greater Wairarapa communities.

“I want to acknowledge the efforts of the entire inquiry team to get us to this stage.

“We are still completing a number of inquiries in relation to Glen’s death and Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information to make contact”, says Detective Inspector Sean Hansen. People should make contact with Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300 or wairarapa.police@police.govt.nz.

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News from NZ Police – January 15
Kristofer Jones, 23, wanted in connection with the killing of a Featherston man, was arrested by armed Police on State Highway 1 near Hunterville at 2am this morning. He is now in custody. He will appear in the Palmerston North District Court this afternoon facing a charge of aggravated burglary.

Late yesterday, Police also located the blue 1989 Mitsubishi Mirage they were seeking in Levin.

Police continue to appeal for any sightings of Hayden Ranson, 27, who they believe is now travelling alone. “I would still advise members of the public to not to approach him and to contact Police immediately” says Detective Inspector Sean Hansen.

News from NZ Police – January 14
Wairarapa Police are appealing for sightings of two men who are wanted in connection with the homicide investigation into the death of Glen Jones in Featherston. Police believe that Kristofer Jones, 23, and Hayden Ranson, 27, have fled from the greater Wellington area and are in the central or upper North Island.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen says “These two men are wanted for aggravated burglary in connection with the brutal attack on Glen Jones. Warrants to arrest have been issued this afternoon by the Masterton District Court and Police would like to locate them as soon as possible.

“The public have provided significant assistance to the investigation so far and we are calling on their help once again to locate the pair.

“We believe they are driving a blue 1989 Mitsubishi Mirage, registration OE7854. Members of the public are advised not to approach them and should immediately contact Police.

“Overnight we recovered three items from an industrial property in Lower Hutt which may have been used in the attack. Further forensic and enquiry work is needed to determine if they were used.”

Anyone with any sightings of these two men should make contact with Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300 or wairarapa.police@police.govt.nz. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – January 13
Three people have been arrested by Wairarapa Police as part of the homicide investigation into the death of 40-year-old Glen Jason Jones, who died from head injuries after being beaten in his Featherston home.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen says “In the last 24 hours, Wairarapa Police have interviewed and then arrested two women, aged 32 and 22, along with a 28-year-old man. All three have been charged with aggravated burglary in connection with the attack. I know this will come as huge relief to Glen’s family and the wider Featherston community who have been shocked by the attack.

“Police are continuing inquiries and I anticipate further arrests in the coming days” says Detective Inspector Sean Hansen.

All three will appear in the Masterton District Court tomorrow.

Preliminary results from a post mortem examination completed at Wellington Hospital today confirm that Glen Jones died of head injuries as a result of the attack.

Police are appealing for any sightings of a white Holden Commodore, registration GHE787. The vehicle was in Masterton on late on Friday night before it was driven to Carterton and then on to Featherston. Police believe it was near the scene in Revans Street around midnight before heading over the Rimutaka Hill to Wellington. It visited various locations in the Hutt Valley and Wellington City before returning to Masterton in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Detective Inspector Hansen added “I am particularly interested in any sightings of this vehicle and its occupants”.

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about the vehicle or the occupants to make contact with Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300 or wairarapa.police@police.govt.nz. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111

News from NZ Police – January 12
Wairarapa Police have today launched a homicide inquiry into the death of a 40-year-old Featherston man. He had been viciously beaten and was unconscious when found by his neighbour early this morning. Emergency services, including Police and ambulance, were called to the man’s house in Fitzherbert Street shortly after midnight.

Detective Inspector Sean Hansen says: “The injured man was transported by ambulance to Wellington Hospital where he died shortly after 5.00am. We are completing a scene examination at the Fitzherbert Street address which I anticipate will take at least the next two to three days.

“In addition to this, there is a second scene which we have also secured in Revan Street which is of interest to us. We are in the early stages of this inquiry, which is progressing well. I am seeking the support of the Featherston and greater Wairarapa communities to provide information.

“In particular, we are interested in hearing from anyone who saw any person or vehicle acting suspiciously at the southern end of Featherston last night. Our focus is on the Fitzherbert, Revan, Wakefield and Watt Streets in Featherston. At this stage, we do not believe that this was a random attack. We know that there was more than one person involved in this attack and I would encourage anyone who was involved to come forward.

“We are working closely with victim support to support the family who are obviously devastated”, says Detective Inspector Hansen.

Police will not be releasing the name of the victim until next of kin can be advised.

Police have a team of 18 people working on the inquiry.

Earlier news from NZ Police
Wairarapa Police have this morning begun a homicide investigation in Featherston. Just before midnight last night, Police and ambulance officers were called to a house in Fitzherbert Street, Featherston. A 40-year-old man had been seriously assaulted. He was taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition. He died shortly before 5.00am this morning.

The residential address has been secured and a scene examination will begin with ESR scientists this morning. A Post Mortem examination will be conducted in Wellington tomorrow.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area to make contact with Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300.

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