This week's top five
This week's news was dominated by the Ewen Macdonald murder trial, a film-clip labelled racist and the announcement of an ice skating rink coming to Palmerston North.
In the second week of the Ewen Macdonald murder trial, the court heard drug addicts, burglars and extra-marital affairs were all probed by police trying to solve the mystery of who shot Feilding farmer Scott Guy. But it was the offensive graffiti painted on the side of Scott and Kylee Guy's house in 2009 that ultimately led them to Macdonald. Anna Macdonald, Kylee Guy and police officers were in the witness box discussing the events leading up to Scott guy's murder.
The Crown says Macdonald gunned down Mr Guy at 4.43am at the gates of his Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding as tensions over the family farm boiled over. Macdonld's defence say he is not the killer.
A group of UCOL students had their film pulled from the V48HOUR film competition because of concerns its content 'verged on racism'. UCOL did not want to be associated with the video, and consequently it was disqualified. The story picked up a lot of attention and as the story unfolded, the third year film students came to the defence of their eight minute video a few days later.
It's about time Palmerston North got a piece of the ice and from June 23 we will. Douglas Webber Group is bringing their temporary ice-rink to The Square for four weeks, and people are excited. The 35m by 15m rink will hold 45,000 litres of frozen water and once it is up and running, it will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.
A Manawatu man has lost the right to have a pet after he paid a woman to take part in an erotic act involving his dog.
As the headline suggests, a man was injured and a horse had to be put down after a two-car collision. A car towing a horse float and a ute collided near the intersection of Rongotea Rd and No1 Line. The horse had to be put down because of its injuries, and the man driving the ute was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.