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John Reynolds was felled from behind with a heavy blow to the head in his
Sydenham workshop in 1996, but his killer continued to bludgeon him. His
violent death was believed to be linked to rumours that Mr Reynolds often
carried large amounts of cash. His flat-deck truck was stolen that day and
found four hours later in Hoon Hay. Two youths were questioned about the
theft at the time, but that is where their involvement appeared to end.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald, Christchurch district crime manager, is
confident the case will be solved. ANNA PRICE reports.
Rd scrap metal
yard, Garden City
Scrap Co, scene of
John was very well
known. People who
knew him, knew he was
in the cash business.
That came with a risk.
scrap metal dealer John
Reynolds ran a cash
operation -- a high-risk arena.
The 55-year-old was known to
carry a lot of coin around.
Mr Reynolds, a big, powerfully-
built man, cut a familiar figure in
his white Mazda flat-deck truck,
gaining a reputation as a hard
It was not unusual for him to
start at 6am and finish late at his
Garden City Scrap workshop in
On Sunday, April 28, 1996, he
left for work at 8.50am, promising
his wife he would be home for
He was last seen at 12.05pm
outside his workshop beside his
truck, which was parked partly
inside the roller door with the key
in the ignition, apparently intend-
ing to head home.
He had put a box in the tray,
then, for some reason had gone
back inside before locking up.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitz-
gerald said it was known that Mr
Reynolds bought scrap from at
least two groups of people that
morning and had coffee with his
brother at 10.30am.
When he failed to arrived home
at 1pm, his wife Devene called the
workshop a couple of times but
there was no reply.
At 4.30pm, she drove to the
workshop but found the front door
locked and no sign of his vehicle.
Family concerns grew and she
rang Mr Reynolds brother
Michael, who had a key.
He arrived soon after and
unlocked the roller door to be
confronted by a chilling scene.
His brother was just inside the
door, lying on his back, dead.
He had been bludgeoned around
the head and shoulders, probably
with a heavy steel object.
You could see where the attack
began and ended, Mr Fitzgerald
said. It was a brutal attack.
He was hit from behind and
knocked out. There were further
There was blood throughout
the scene indicating where the
attack started and where it fin-
Mr Reynolds had $2200 on him.
John was very well known.
People who knew him, knew he
was in the cash business. That
came with a risk, Mr Fitzgerald
At 5.25pm, his missing truck
was located at Suburbs Rugby
Club in Mathers Rd.
The two youths who stole it
were interviewed but not linked to
the murder at that time, Mr Fitz-
From then, a steady trickle of
information had come in over the
A number of these pieces point
in one direction, he said.
We are at the point where the
file will be reviewed and every
piece of information will be reas-
sessed and worked on.
I have no doubt from the infor-
mation received, there are people
out there who know exactly what
happened to John, and they need
to consider what their involve-
ment is, because in reviewing this
file, I believe this will be solved,
Mr Fitzgerald said
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