Macdonald juror breaks silence

Ewen Macdonald in court. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Ewen Macdonald in court. Photo / Sarah Ivey

A member of the jury that found Feilding farmer Ewen Macdonald not guilty of murdering his brother-in-law Scott Guy has criticised the right to silence for an accused person.

More than a month after Macdonald was acquitted of murder, the juror has spoken out against his decision to not give evidence at trial.

"I think it's probably important the accused has to be tested in court," the juror said in an email to TV One.

TV One said it was contacted by the juror after reports earlier this month detailing charges Macdonald had pleaded guilty to that were kept secret from the jury.

Macdonald's admissions to killing calves with a hammer and burning down a duck shooter's hut should have been presented at his murder trial, the juror said.

"You can't pick or choose. It's either all or nothing. The more information the better."

Macdonald, 32, was found not guilty in the High Court at Wellington of murdering Mr Guy at his Feilding home on July 8, 2010.

He will be sentenced next month on unrelated charges of arson, criminal damage and theft.

- APNZ

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