No Closure: Macdonald out before Christmas

By Andrew Koubaridis


Ewen Macdonald will be eligible for parole before Christmas.

The 32-year-old will have his first parole board hearing in December after being jailed yesterday for five years.

He must serve one third of that, but has already been behind bars for 17 months so will be eligible for his first parole hearing in little more than three months.

Neither Hastings-based Kylee Guy nor other Guy family members attended the sentencing. They released a statement saying the punishment brought no closure.

"Today is yet another reminder of how one person's actions have affected everyone in our family. The sentencing today does not give us closure or satisfaction," Bryan Guy wrote in the statement.

"It is simply a reminder that there are consequences for the decisions that Ewen made.


Ewen Macdonald could be out by Christmas.


"One consequence is that Ewen is no longer part of our day to day lives. He has lost our trust and has hurt us deeply and shaken the values which our family hold dear."

Kylee Guy, and the couple's two children Hunter and Drover - who never met his father - have moved to Hawke's Bay where Kylee grew up.

Last week she wrote a letter to Attorney General Chris Finlayson saying Macdonald was "a very dangerous, vindictive man and an extreme danger to our society and people".

"Once Macdonald is released my only choice to provide safety for my family is to move from New Zealand, away from the support of family and friends," she wrote.

She could not be reached for further comment yesterday.

Macdonald confessed to six crimes and was jailed for a total of five years.

Justice Simon France said his admissions came after the weight of evidence became apparent and he "saw and heard no remorse".

Crown prosecutor, Paul Murray, said the offending, except the deer poaching, was motivated by "vengeance".

Mr Murray said Macdonald told a probation officer the retribution against farmer Paul Barber was justified.

"Each offence derives from a sense of entitlement and one that still seems to exist now," he said.

In that case "furious that he had been caught poaching" he killed 19 calves with a hammer blow to the head, after he emptied thousands of dollars of milk from a vat from Mr Barber's neighbour Graeme Sexton.

A year later he returned to the Sexton farm and burned down a "treasured" old whare, a crime the family believed was done because he knew it would hurt them.

But it was the crimes against Scott and Kylee Guy that was "personal and done with the intention to unsettle", the court heard. In those attacks he burnt down an old home that was waiting to be moved from the Guy's property and wrote "horrible insults" on the walls of the couple's near new home, which was also extensively vandalised.

"The impact on them and the wider family, including your own, was significant. The offending impacted significantly on Mr and Mrs Guy, as one would expect, but the impact went wider than that and impacted all your wider family."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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