When former Feilding man Callum Boe helped Ewen Macdonald kill 19 calves with a hammer, he realised his older sidekick was “capable of doing anything”.
Details of a previously suppressed argument made in Queenstown District Court in September by Boe’s lawyer Anne Stevens have been reported in Queenstown-based newspaper Mountain Scene.
The “vulnerable” Boe – then aged 18 – feared if he didn’t go along with Macdonald’s revenge attacks between 2006 and 2009, he’d be the next target for retribution, Ms Stevens told the court.
Boe was sentenced to two years’ prison for arson, theft and intentional damage. Macdonald has pleaded guilty to six charges and last month was found not guilty of the July 2010 killing of his brother-in-law Scott Guy.
While the jury in Macdonald’s trial heard how he and Boe poached deer and destroyed two homes on Mr Guy’s property, three other charges Macdonald admitted to were suppressed.
The jury at Macdonald’s trial did not hear how he and Boe used a hammer to kill 19 calves belonging to Foxton farmer Paul Barber in August 2007.
They also emptied a milk vat on the neighbouring farm of Nigel Sexton and his father Graham Sexton that same day, and then burned down a 120-year-old duck shooting whare belonging to the Sextons in March 2008.
Macdonald still faces sentencing while Boe has already been released from jail after serving his sentence.
It was the calf killings which brought fear to Boe, Ms Stevens told Queenstown District Court in September.
“That incident changed his view of Macdonald. He now saw a callous man capable of doing anything,” Mountain Scene reported.
Boe was afraid if he refused to go along with any of the subsequent missions, Macdonald would carry out revenge attacks on him or his grandparents, Stevens told judge Kevin Phillips during her submissions on Boe’s behalf.
“He was vulnerable to an older, manipulative man and he behaved in a way that is entirely out of character,” she said.
Macdonald is still in custody awaiting sentence on six charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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