Desmond Payne was the victim of a random, unprovoked, senseless murder,
which rocked the small town of Geraldine
finished his beer, returned the glasses and went out the front of the
Crown hotel to wait for his ride. Des Payne had already left to make a
quick purchase and collect the car.
Time ticked on
and still Des hadnít appeared to collect his mate. Ron became concerned
and went to investigate.
When he arrived
at Desmond Payneís green cortina, he was shocked to find his friend
slumped in his car, the fresh blood seeping from stab wounds through his
clothes. 65 year-old Desmond Payne was the victim of a random,
unprovoked, senseless murder, which rocked the small Geraldine town.
appeared at the Crown Hotel in Geraldine, Friday lunchtimes, to share a
jug with his friends. That day of his murder (27 July 2001), as he
finished his jug and walked towards the Geraldine Motors to make a
purchase, his friends had no idea that would be the last time they saw
Desmond Payne returned to his car in the hotel car park, a 45
year-old-Raymond Cullen attacked him. Stabbing him and throwing him into
his car. As the blood flowed, the life soon drained away from the
A 40 strong
police team was soon employed and Geraldine was turned over with a fine
tooth comb. No motive was established and there was no obvious witness
to the attack. Police placed a mannequin dressed as Des Payne up to try
and jog peopleís memories. His car was lifted into a container and sent
to Christchurch for examination, while the local rubbish dump was
Lloyd Cullen was finally arrested for the murder of Des Payne on 12
September 2001, seven weeks had gone by. After appearing in Christchurch
District Court, he entered no plea and was remanded in custody to appear
in Timaru District Court on September 25, 2001.
discovered that Des Payneís death had been a random attack, a case of
being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Much to the familiesí
distress, his killer was found not guilty on the grounds of insanity.