Ewen Macdonald sentenced to five years

By Hana Garrett-Walker

Ewen Macdonald, the Feilding farmer cleared of killing his brother-in-law Scott Guy, has been sentenced to a total of five years for six unrelated charges.

In sentencing Macdonald at Palmerston North District Court this morning Justice Simon France said he had watched police interviews but "saw and heard" no signs of remorse from Macdonald.

The accused had written to Justice France expressing his remorse, but Justice France said he did not accept that.

Macdonald was found not guilty of murdering Mr Guy, 31, after a trial in the High Court at Wellington in June.

During the trial the jury was made aware of three other charges the 32-year-old had pleaded guilty to.

He admitted burning down a home on Mr Guy's property and vandalising another property Mr Guy and his wife Kylee were having built.

Macdonald also admitted poaching two deer, worth a total of $17,500, from a neighbouring farm while on hunting "missions" with accomplice Callum Boe.

After his acquittal on the murder charge it was revealed that Macdonald had also pleaded guilty to three other charges.

He killed 19 calves by hitting them on the head after a farmer caught him and Boe poaching deer in June 2007.

He also burnt down a 110-year-old whare and emptied a milk vat on a neighbouring farm, causing thousands of dollars of milk to be lost.

It is understood Macdonald has been at Manawatu Prison since he was remanded in custody after his murder trial. He has spent 17 months at the prison since his arrest in April last year on the murder charge.


- Hawkes Bay Today

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