Ewen Macdonald makes pre-Christmas parole bid
Ewen Macdonald will tomorrow get the chance to plead his case for a pre-Christmas release from prison, much to the displeasure of one of his victims.
Macdonald, 32, will face the Parole Board having served a third of his five-year sentence for arson, vandalism and killing animals.
Most offenders, however, aren’t granted an early release when they first come up for parole.
Macdonald has been at Manawatu Prison since April last year when he was arrested for the murder of brother-in-law Scott Guy, a charge from which he was cleared in a High Court jury trial in Wellington.
Macdonald did, however, admit to six charges arising from night-time ‘‘missions’’ he would undertake with friend Callum Boe.
One of those was the theft of two trophy stags from the Colyton farm of Craig Hocken overnight on December 30, 2006.
Hocken, who has previously described Macdonald as a ‘‘bad apple’’, said he wouldn’t appear at the parole hearing and had not been asked to do so.
‘‘I’ve been told the chances are he probably will get [parole],’’ Hocken said.
‘‘It would be nice if he doesn’t, but even if he doesn’t he would only spend another handful of months in there anyway.
‘‘The people I’ve talked to say it’s just a joke.
‘‘What do you really have to do to get locked up properly and serve your sentence?’’
Hocken was still hoping Macdonald would get some help and psychological treatment inside so he could get his life back on track.
It is unlikely Guy’s widow Kylee will attend the hearing.
That was understandable given all she had been through, said Sensible Sentencing Trust spokeswoman Ruth Money, who has been working with her.
Money said four private investigators, led by Mike Crawford, were continuing to volunteer their time to look into Guy’s death.
‘‘They are working through it meticulously. They’re all ex very senior New Zealand police.’’
She asked anyone with information to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macdonald also admitted emptying milk from a vat and burning down a whare on a Himatangi farm, killing 19 calves on a Foxton farm, burning down an old house ready to be removed from Scott and Kylee Guy’s section of the family property, and damaging their new house.