Arrest made in killing of gay New Zealander


Charles Jones was found dead in a Thai apartment

An arrest has been made over the murder of gay Westport man Charles Jones in Thailand.

Menfriends-co-owner Stuart Yeatman, who found the body of his friend in an apartment in the Thai resort of Pattaya, says a 24-year-old Syrian man has been arrested over the killing.

Jones was the President of the World Croquet Federation who was on holiday with Yeatman and a number of other friends when he was killed.

The 56-year-old most recently lived in Westport, where he had moved to take care of his ill mother. He earlier lived in Wellington where he was a well-known member of the gay community and volunteered for the Gay Switchboard.

Jones’ body will be returned to New Zealand next week and his funeral will be held at St Canice’s Catholic Church in Westport on Saturday. Arrest made in killing of gay New Zealander

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