Friday 8th May
Two men accused of murdering an Upper Hutt transvestite known as Diksy can be named after a judge rejected a plea for name suppression.
Richard Milton Jones, 64, was found by police at his Totara Park Rd unit last Wednesday afternoon with severe injuries and could not be resuscitated by emergency services.
Phillip Christopher Sanders, 41, and David Shaun Galloway, 18, have been charged with murder.
Galloway was refused bail by Judge Pat Grace yesterday after he made an application in Upper Hutt District Court. A further application for name suppression was also refused. Both men are due back in court on May 12.
Verity Jones, 23, who attended her father’s funeral in Wellington this week, said: “He was a gentle person who lived a really peaceful life. That’s why the way he died . . . it’s devastating.”
He was a cabinet maker and she recalled his “unique” creations, his love of old cars, cricket and cats.
But he was better known around Upper Hutt as Diksy. A close friend, Myrie Beck, called him a “beautiful person”, with a great sense of humour. “Everybody who knew Diksy loved her. There was name-calling and, whenever she got on a bus, people would look and look again. But she wasn’t bothered by that.”
Friday 1st May
Distraught friends and family of a 64-year-old man murdered in his Upper Hutt home cannot believe that anyone would want to kill him.
The man was found in his Totara Park Rd unit about 3.20pm on Wednesday after police and emergency services were called by a neighbour.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton said the man died of “severe injuries” after attempts to resuscitate him failed.
Police arrested two Upper Hutt men, aged 41 and 18, at the house and charged them with murder.
The accused men and the victim have interim name suppression.
A relative of the dead man was still in disbelief at his death yesterday. “I can’t think why anyone would want to kill him. He was such a placid guy, so little. He couldn’t even defend himself.”
Myrie Beck, a friend of the man, described him as a “beautiful person”, with a great sense of humour. “I can’t believe any one would want to hurt [him].
Mr Thornton said there had been a disturbance, possibly a fight, outside the block of units before the man was murdered.
Neighbours were shocked at the killing, especially as the block of units was full of elderly people.
One man, who alerted police, said he heard a scream and then silence. “A few guys had barged into his place a week ago and taken his money and things. He was too scared to go to the police.”
The men accused of the murder did not enter pleas when they appeared in Upper Hutt District Court yesterday, and were remanded in custody.
Two men aged 41 and 28 will appear in the Upper Hutt District Court today charged with murder.
Thursday April 30th
Upper Hutt police were called to a disturbance at house in central Upper Hutt yesterday afternoon and found a seriously injured 64-year-old man.
Police and Fire Service staff performed CPR on him but he died at the scene.
The name of the victim will not be released until next of kin have been notified.
A homicide investigation has now been launched.