Double murder: Man kills himself in front of police

By Morgan Tait , Anna Leask

7:00 AM Wednesday Aug 28, 201

Man identified as being in a relationship with Glenys Stanton kills himself in front of police officers.

Kelsey Waite, 18, daughter of murder victim Trevor Waite, at yesterday's police press conference. Photo / Richard Robinson

Kelsey Waite, 18, daughter of murder victim Trevor Waite, at yesterday’s police press conference. Photo / Richard Robinson

A man believed to be linked to the double killing of Trevor Waite and Glenys Stanton has shot and killed himself in front of police.

Police say the man had been identified as having been in a recent relationship with Ms Stanton, who was found dead at the weekend with Mr Waite in a bedroom at Mr Waite’s house.

In a statement released this morning, Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said police had wanted to speak to the man as part of their investigation into the couple’s deaths.

Police say they were contacted by the man’s friend, who had concerns for his wellbeing.

A car belonging to the man was found parked in a remote area in Woodhill Forest in West Auckland.

Specialist police teams searched for the man, but before officers could speak to him he shot and killed himself.

Police said no police officers fired any shots during the incident.

Mr Lynch said the man’s name would not be released until a formal identification had been completed.

He said obvious inferences will be made as to his involvement in the murders but Police still have a significant amount of work to do to establish the facts surrounding the three deaths.

Police investigation continues

Police are speaking to people the murdered couple met through a website for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Herald can reveal that in June, Ms Stanton introduced a boyfriend to friends she had made through the meetup.com website.

Two months later, she died alongside another man – Mr Waite, 51.

The 47-year-old divorcee had recently begun a new job as a flight attendant for Air New Zealand and was making a fresh start, seeking new friends and challenges.

She met Mr Waite a couple of months ago at an event for people who enjoy hiking and mountain biking, organised through meetup.com, which connects interest groups.

Trevor Waite.
Trevor Waite.

Over the weekend, the two were shot dead in the bedroom of Mr Waite’s lifestyle block home in Papakura.

They were found by Mr Waite’s 18-year-old daughter Kelsey about 11.20am on Sunday. Police said they died of gunshot wounds sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning.

Evidence found at the scene indicated the shooter was known to one or both victims but police refused to elaborate.

Meetup.com member Cristina Johnson, told the Herald Ms Stanton cycled the Timber Trail in Pureora Forest Park, near Taupo, at Queen’s Birthday Weekend with a man she told her and other riders was her boyfriend.

Another member, David Griffiths, said he met Ms Stanton and a tall, blond man she called her boyfriend at a house party in Waiuku during another weekend in June.

Glenys Stanton.
Glenys Stanton.

Mr Griffiths said meetup.com groups were social but not “sleazy”, though sometimes members dated each other. “We are all adults and if someone is single and you’re single …” he said.

When the Herald told inquiry head Detective Inspector Dave Lynch of a recent boyfriend and asked if he could comment, he said: “Any male acquaintances of hers will be spoken to as part of the investigation.”

Ms Stanton and Mr Waite were both members of two interest groups on the site, including South Auckland Gatherings (SAGS), which has 187 members.

Jane Buckley, who runs SAGS and has organised events attended by both victims, said she was “speaking to the police about Trevor”.

Mr Waite joined meetup.com in September last year, and Ms Stanton in April this year. In her profile Ms Stanton said she was “young at heart” and enjoyed keeping fit and challenging herself. Mr Waite said he had joined for “meeting new people and motivation to get out on new [mountain bike] trails a bit more”.

Mr Lynch said the couple’s friends and associates would also be spoken to. Officers would also examine texts, emails and online activity for both victims.

Police met the victims’ families on Monday night to glean more information, including how long they had known each other and the nature of their relationship.

Mr Lynch said it had appeared they had known each other for “a couple of months”, but police were still working on building a clearer picture. He did not know if either victim had a partner.

Ms Stanton’s employer, Air NZ, refused to comment and directed staff not to speak to media.

Mr Waite was a senior manager for Vero Insurance and had been with the company for 15 years. The company said that out of respect for the victims’ families, it did not want to comment.

Members of both families attended a police press conference yesterday, where statements were read on their behalf.

From friends and family

Statement read by Ivan Gillatt, close friend of Trevor Waite

Trevor was a devoted father to his family of two daughters and one son. Trevor was a quiet, caring, kind man and family and friends are shocked and devastated. From his parents: Trevor was a wonderful son that we are very proud of. From his children: He was a good dad who was always there for us and supported us in everything we did. From his brother and sister: Trevor was a great brother and we loved him very much.

Statement read by John Kenyon, Glenys Stanton’s brother-in-law

We are shocked to learn of the tragic circumstances of Glenys and Trevor’s passing. Glenys leaves behind two grown daughters and three grandchildren. She was a beautiful person on the inside and out. She was a wonderful mother and friend to those who knew her. She was the kind of person who made the most of every opportunity and lived life to the full.

 

The New Zealand Herald

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