Watson 'will not meet Hope'

By Peter Jackson

Scott Watson, the convicted killer of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope aboard his boat in the Marlborough Sounds on New Year's Day 1998, will not meet Hope's father.

Gerald Hope has been saying for some time that he would like to give Watson the chance to convince him that he did not murder his daughter, but a one-time fellow inmate of Watson's at Christchurch's Paparoa prison says that will not happen.

Harawe Snowden, now living in Kaitaia, said Watson had asked him to make it known that he had no interest whatsoever in meeting Mr Hope, who had always insisted that he was the guilty party despite numerous contradictions and inconsistencies in the police case and witnesses' accounts.

"Scott maintains that Amedia Hope [Olivia Hope's sister] who was on board with the 'mystery man' [who the police maintain was Watson], Amedia's boyfriend, both of whom were on board the water taxi, and Guy Wallace, the water taxi driver, are the only ones who know the true story," Mr Snowden said.

"Scott says the police particularly need to revisit Amedia and her boyfriend to ascertain the true facts.

Together with the evidence already given by Guy Wallace, a man with several decades' marine experience and whose evidence alone was enough to completely invalidate the police case, this would completely attest to the fact that Scott could not possibly have been the guilty party."

Mr Snowden said he had spent three years in the same wing as Watson at Paparoa. At the time he was due for release he was involved in an altercation with Watson, and he was kept back for another two months, during which time he and Watson became friends.

He said he was equally convinced that David Bain did not murder his family.

- Northern Advocate

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