Ewen Macdonald denied parole

Last updated 12:10 11/12/2012
Ewen Macdonald
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Ewen Macdonald has been denied parole at a hearing at Manawatu Prison today.

Macdonald, 32, was earlier this year found not guilty of murdering his brother-in-law, Feilding farmer Scott Guy, but has served a third of a five-year sentence for arson, vandalism and killing animals.

The Parole Board met at the prison this morning to discuss Macdonald's case.

A Parole Board spokesman said MacDonald had been declined parole because the board was not satisfied that he no longer posed an undue risk to the safety of the community.  

The board said Mr MacDonald has "much to do", the spokesman said. 

MacDonald will now be required to undertake one-on-one counselling with a psychologist.  In addition, the board asked that a forensic psychiatric report be prepared for MacDonald's next appearance which will be in either November or December of 2013.

Macdonald has been at Manawatu Prison since April last year, when he was arrested on the murder charge.

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