Third arrest in ‘complex case’

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Police still want to talk to a number of people about the murder of an Oamaru dairy farm worker, in particular one person who may have been present at the time of his death.

Two more men have been charged with murdering Justin McFarlane. Two of them appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday.

The second man to be arrested, a 22-year-old Oamaru man who was granted name suppression, was remanded in custody to the High Court at Timaru on October 1 after appearing in front of a Justice of the Peace in Dunedin yesterday.

The 22-year-old is charged jointly with Ryan Geary-Smart, 23, of Oamaru, who also appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday, and Steven Kenneth Boskell, 18, of Palmerston, with murdering Mr McFarlane, 35, at Elderslie, North Otago, last Wednesday. Mr Boskell was also remanded in custody to the High Court at Timaru on October 1.

Police said they located 23-year-old Geary-Smart in a Nissan Skyline car in Oamaru late Sunday afternoon and seized the vehicle for forensic examination.

The scene examination is continuing at Mr McFarlane’s home on Pine Hill Rd. This is expected to be completed in the next couple of days.

Police are also continuing to forensically examine the Nissan Skyline they impounded following a short pursuit in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Southern Police Acting Detective Inspector Colin Blackie said police believed the vehicle was linked to the circumstances surrounding Mr McFarlane’s death.

“This is a complex investigation in which our inquiries have led us to a number of alleged offenders. We are making good progress. We have also carried out a number of scene examinations of locations and vehicles,” Acting Detective Inspector Blackie said.

“We’d also like to thank those members of the public who have provided the investigation with information. This is greatly appreciated.”

On Saturday afternoo,n police executed search warrants at two residential addresses in Oamaru. AOS assisted as a precaution. During the search warrants, police uncovered a number of items of interest to the investigation. These are being forensically examined.

Police are still interested in talking to a number of people who either know about the circumstances leading up to Mr McFarlane’s death and in particular one person who may have been present at the time of his death.

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 at 03 433 1400 or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.