Another arrest in homicide case

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Police working on Oamaru homicide case Operation Steelers have made a further arrest.

A 22-year-old Oamaru man was arrested late on Saturday afternoon a murder charge.

He will appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

As part of Operation Steelers, the investigation into the death of Justin McFarlane, police executed two search warrants in Oamaru and environs on Saturday afternoon with the AOS deployed as a precaution.

During the search warrants, police uncovered a number of items of interest to the investigation.

These are being forensically examined.

Police say they are still seeking to talk with a number of people who either know about the circumstances surrounding Justin McFarlane’s death or who appear to have been involved in some way.

A forensic examination of the silver Nissan Skyline car thought to be linked to Mr McFarlane’s death, is continuing.

The scene examination at Mr McFarlen’s address in Pine Hill Rd in the rural community of Elderslie, is also continuing.

Police launched a homicide inquiry after Mr McFarlane was found dead at his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

At midnight on Thursday, police also arrested an 18-year-old North Otago man in relation to the alleged murder of dairy farm worker Justin McFarlane.

Steven Kenneth Boskell appeared before Judge Stephen Coyle in the Dunedin District Court on Friday charged with murder with a person or persons unknown, on or about September 11.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in the Timaru High Court on October 1.

Mr McFarlane was found dead in his home in Elderslie in the early hours of Wednesday last week.

Police believe more than one person is involved in the incident that resulted in the death of Mr McFarlane and inquiries are continuing.

The homicide investigation continues to focus on establishing the recent movements of Mr McFarlane and the events leading up to his death as well as interviewing a number of people who had connections with him.

Police inquiries have included speaking with a 26-year-old Oamaru woman in relation to Mr McFarlane’s death. She has been arrested on an unrelated assault matter and released on bail to appear in the Oamaru District Court in early October.

A post-mortem was completed on Mr McFarlane’s body on Friday. Preliminary findings from the post-mortem are yet to be confirmed by the pathologist.

The scene examination continued at the address in Pine Hill Road on Saturday. A number of items of interest were located that will assist the investigation team with their inquiries.

Police are also calling for sightings of a grey Nissan Skyline car involved in a short police pursuit in the early hours of Wednesday morning on SH1 south of Oamaru.

“It was very short before it was called off. Police patrol were doing that job and identifies that as a vehicle they wanted to stop,” Acting Detective Inspector Colin Blackie said.

Before joining State Highway One, the vehicle was travelling on roads in the general area of Elderslie and Maheno inland from Oamaru. Police have since impounded this vehicle.

Police believe the vehicle may be linked to the circumstances surrounding Mr McFarlane’s death.

Police believe the people who were involved in Mr McFarlane’s death were known to him and that the incident was not a random act.

Police are in the process of speaking to “multiple” other people, Mr Blackie said.

Anyone with information about Mr McFarlane’s activities over recent days can contact the Operation Steelers inquiry team directly on the Oamaru Police station number 03 433 1400 or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

By Rebecca Ryan and Jacquie Webby