Wife confronts Guy murder accused

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 16:33 20/06/2012

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4.33pm: The 12th day of the Ewen Macdonald murder trial has finished, with the accused's wife Anna in the witness box.

She said since her husband's arrest on April 7 last year she asked Macdonald why he burned an old house ready to be removed from Scott and Kylee Guy's side of the family farm in October 2008.

"Once he was arrested I had a lot of questions on why things happened and how he felt," Mrs Macdonald said.

"So I said to him 'why did you do this? How can you have hated someone to do what you did with the arson and graffiti?'"

"He said 'I didn't hate him, it was just a bit of fun really'."

Macdonald has also admitted damaging the inside of and tagging the outside of the Guys' new house in January 2009.

Mrs Macdonald said she didn't notice any change in her husband's behaviour after the blaze.

"I would have thought [I saw] a change after the damage to the property. That's when I started to notice a change."

Macdonald said she couldn't remember hearing anything the night of the blaze.

Fifteen people gave evidence in the High Court at Wellington today about the arson, the theft of deer in 2006 that Macdonald has also admitted, and puppies taken from the scene of Scott Guy's death in 2010.

Macdonald is accused of gunning Mr Guy down, but the defence says he is not the killer.

4.24pm: The torching of an old homestead on their property delayed the construction of Scott and Kylee Guy's new house.

They had bought a piece of land on what was known as the McKinnon block in 2008.

On October 24 that year the old house was on trailers ready to be removed from the property.

That night, Ewen Macdonald and former farm worker Callum Boe burned it and the trailers.

Today, Kylee Guy's statement about the blaze was read to the jury on day 12 of Macdonald's murder trial in the High Court at Wellington.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy's Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding. He has pleaded not guilty.

Mrs Guy said she and Scott had sold the old house for $8000 to a property developer.

"Initially we were looking at doing up the house and moving into it, however, the job was too big and would have been too expensive."

Mrs Guy was visiting her mother in Hawke's Bay when the fire happened, but Scott rang her on October 25 to let her know.

"I was devastated when I heard about this and I knew Scott was upset as well. It delayed the builders commencing work on our site."

Scott Guy's father, Bryan, said the new house at 293 Aorangi Rd was finished about March and April, 2009.

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Insurance did not pay out for the damage to the old house, while it had to stay at the Guy property for a couple of weeks more than planned. 

"I didn't think Scott and Kylee had any huge emotional attachment to the house so they didn't see it as a huge loss," Bryan Guy said.

Detective Felicity Mansell investigated the blaze and said police had no leads.

She spoke to Aorangi Rd neighbours, including Anna Macdonald.

Ewen Macdonald was not asked directly about the blaze, but came home when his wife was spoken to, Ms Mansell said.

She said the house was treated as a crime scene as soon as the fire service thought the fire was suspicious.

Crown Prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk asked Ms Mansell about Macdonald's "helpful suggestions" about who could have been responsible.

Macdonald did not admit it was him until April, 2011 - the day he was arrested for Mr Guy's murder.

Back in 2008, Macdonald suggested local children could have been responsible.

"There was nothing in any of the inquiries I did that led me to think there was a problem with wayward children," Ms Mansell said.

Another of Macdonald's suggestions, that a disgruntled house removal company worker did it, was looked into.

2:59pm: In late December 2006, Ewen Macdonald was involved in stealing two trophy deer from a Colyton farm.

Today the farmer, Craig Hocken, gave evidence on day 12 of Macdonald’s murder trial in the High Court at Wellington.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy’s Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

Mr Hocken went to a BBQ at a neighbour’s place on the evening of December 30, 2006, returning home about 9.30pm. 

That night he heard nothing, but the next morning discovered two deer were missing from a front paddock of his property, where 14 trophy stags were kept at that time.

“They were all together in a group down the back fence end, which I thought was unusual,” Mr Hocken said.

“They were very agitated.”

It soon became clear a deer called “Blue” was not there.

 “He normally ran up and down by the road… he didn’t really like the others. He kept to himself.”

As well as Blue, another deer was missing.

Both would have weighted about 200kg, Mr Hocken said.

In the paddock he found tyre tracts that looked like they were from a ute and trailer that had entered from Colyton Rd.

Defence lawyer Peter Coles asked Mr Hocken about other burglaries and thefts from his farm, including petrol being stolen in 2007.

In August 2008, six guns were stolen from Mr Hocken’s gun safe. Only one was recovered.

12:39pm: Kylee Guy doesn’t think Ewen Macdonald ever visited the old shed where eight puppies and their mother were kept.

 

Today the Macdonald trial jury was also shown a copy of a poster the Guys had distributed to shops in Feilding and the Hunting and Fishing Store in Palmerston North, owned by Macdonald’s father Kerry.

The Guys were asking $700 for each dog.

The Guys’ home address was not printed on the flyer, but their home number and Kylee’s cell phone number were.

She said they never received any calls though.

Mrs Guy was giving evidence on day 12 of Macdonald’s murder trial in the High Court at Wellington.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy’s Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

Scott Guy and his wife Kylee had eight chocolate Labrador puppies kept in an old cow shed on their property.

Before Mr Guy died, one was given to Kylee’s friend Joanne Moss.

The Crown says three of the seven remaining puppies were taken by Mr Guy’s killer as a diversion and today the jury is hearing about them.

Mrs Guy said she didn’t think Macdonald or his wife, Anna, had seen the puppies in the shed, and she had not seen Ewen Macdonald working in the paddocks in that area.

Mrs Guy said she had put some pictures on Facebook and she was Facebook friends with Anna Macdonald.

Detective Sergeant Graham Perks said police initially asked family members to keep the news about the missing puppies quiet.

Only on July 21, 2010, was the information made public.

“We received a vast amount of information and possible sightings,” Mr Perks said. 

These came from the “length and breadth” of New Zealand.

Some information came in about a woman selling brown Labrador puppies in The Warehouse car park in Palmerston North, but it discovered these dogs were Staffordshire Terrier crosses.

Defence lawyer Greg King said he received 15 folders of information about calls the police had received over  the puppies.

They included details of a passenger on an Air New Zealand flight thinking they heard a puppy barking in the plane’s hold.

Mr King referred Mr Perks to a conversation farm worker Simon Asplin had in DJ’s Sports in Feilding on July 10, 2010.

There Mr Asplin had said the Guys had puppies for sale.

Mr King said that would contravene the police’s instruction to keep the issue quiet, but Mr Perks said the direction didn’t apply to the fact there were puppies for sale.

12.03pm: After Ewen Macdonald went to feed puppies on the Guy property he came home and said some of the dogs were missing.

This caused the family to "theorise" about their possible connection to Scott Guy's murder.

Mr Guy's sister, Nikki Guy, recalled Macdonald coming back on the evening of July 9, 2010.

Ms Guy was giving evidence on day 12 of Macdonald's murder trial in the High Court at Wellington today.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy's Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Scott Guy and his wife, Kylee, had eight chocolate Labrador puppies kept in an old cow shed on their property.

Before Mr Guy died, one was given to Kylee's friend, Joanne Moss.

The Crown says three of the seven remaining puppies were taken by Mr Guy's killer as a diversion and today the jury is hearing about them.

Nikki Guy spent the day after her brother's death at Anna and Ewen Macdonald's house at 147 Aorangi Rd.

Late in the day, Ewen Macdonald said he would go and feed the puppies.

He came back in "an animated state".

"The police weren't aware the puppies were missing so he'd been the one to tell the police," Ms Guy said.

"He came back and said we weren't allowed to say anything to Kylee as no-one wanted to upset her further and she was very attached to the puppies."

Ms Guy said she couldn't remember the exact words used in the following conversation but said people were "theorising" about whether it was a clue to the murder.

Detective Glen Jackson said footprints were found near the shed where the puppies were kept, including some with a "wavy" pattern believed to have been from dive boots worn by the killer.

11:19am: A scene guard at Scott Guy’s house says Ewen Macdonald noticed puppies were missing from the property.

Brian Reynolds was guarding the scene at 293 Aorangi Rd where Mr Guy and his wife Kylee lived on July 9, 2010, when Ewen Macdonald came to feed puppies the Guy’s were keeping in a shed on their property.

Mr Reynolds was giving evidence on day 12 of Ewen Kerry Macdonald’s murder trial in the High Court at Wellington today.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy’s Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

The defence says Macdonald is not the killer

Scott Guy and his wife Kylee had eight chocolate Labrador puppies kept in an old cow shed on their property.

Before Mr Guy died, one was given to Kylee’s friend Joanne Moss.

The Crown says three of the seven remaining puppies were taken by Mr Guy’s killer as a diversion and today the jury is hearing about them.

Mr Reynolds said Macdonald fed the puppies at 5.40pm on July 9, 2010, and then spoke to him as they walked from the shed.

“He made the comment that there were three puppies short,” Mr Reynolds said.

“He was wondering where they’d gone.”

Detective Sergeant Gary Milligan said he then received a call from Macdonald at 5.57pm.

“He advised me that there were only four puppies there. He said there were supposed to be seven. Originally there had been eight in the litter but one had died.”

Defence lawyer Greg King asked Mr Milligan if it was possible that Macdonald had said one had “gone”, rather than died.

Mr Milligan said he thought Macdonald had said one died, as that was what he wrote in his notebook.

10:54am: The Macdonald trial jury is this morning hearing about three puppies that went missing from Scott Guy’s property the day the Feilding farmer died.

Mr Guy’s father Bryan was in the witness box first and he said he didn’t know anything had happened to the puppies the day that his son was shot. 

Bryan Guy was giving evidence on day 12 of Ewen Kerry Macdonald’s murder trial in the High Court at Wellington today.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4..43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy’s Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

The defence says Macdonald is not the killer.

Scott Guy and his wife Kylee had eight chocolate Labrador puppies kept in an old cow shed on their property.

Before Mr Guy died, one was given to Kylee’s friend Joanne Moss.

The Crown says three of the seven remaining puppies were taken by Mr Guy’s killer as a diversion.

Bryan Guy said when it was revealed that the puppies were missing, he was told not to tell anyone.

“The police specifically asked us not to mention that three puppies were missing to anybody… they did not want that information to be public knowledge.”

Bryan Guy had visited the Aorangi Rd farm on July 7, by which time the puppies had been moved from their previous location in a garage.

“The last thing I said to Scott was I’ll see you in the morning.”

Ms Moss, a friend of Kylee Guy’s, said she was given one of the puppies as she had recently lost her dog.

Mrs Moss said she was a close friend of Mrs Guy’s and would see her most days, particularly after the birth of the Guys’ first son Hunter in 2008.

“I wasn’t a mother to her, but I was a very close friend and very close with Hunter.”

Mrs Guy called Ms Moss on the morning of July 8, 2010, and asked her to come to the farm house.

Ms Moss said Mrs Guy was “quite hysterical”.

In early July 2010, Matthew Ireland was doing work experience of the Guy farm.

He helped Scott Guy make the old cow shed suitable for puppies and after Mr Guy’s death he took a male puppy home..

Mr Ireland was going to work it off by doing farm work.

The Guys were trying to sell the rest of the puppies and had flyers up around Feilding, Mr Ireland said.

When he picked his puppy up their mother barked “real bad”. Previously she had not reacted when anyone handled the puppies.

 

Today the farmer, Craig Hocken, gave evidence on day 12 of Macdonald’s murder trial in the High Court at Wellington.

Macdonald, 32, is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law Scott Guy at 4.43am on July 8, 2010, at the gates of Mr Guy’s Aorangi Rd property in rural Feilding.

Mr Hocken went to a BBQ at a neighbour’s place on the evening of December 30, 2006, returning home about 9.30pm.

That night he heard nothing, but the next morning discovered two deer were missing from a front paddock of his property, where 14 trophy stags were kept at that time.

"They were all together in a group down the back fence end, which I thought was unusual," Mr Hocken said.

"They were very agitated."

It soon became clear a deer called "Blue" was not there.

"He normally ran up and down by the road… he didn’t really like the others. He kept to himself."

As well as Blue, another deer was missing.

Both would have weighted about 200kg, Mr Hocken said.

In the paddock he found tyre tracts that looked like they were from a ute and trailer that had entered from Colyton Rd.

Defence lawyer Peter Coles asked Mr Hocken about other burglaries and thefts from his farm, including petrol being stolen in 2007.

In August 2008, six guns were stolen from Mr Hocken’s gun safe. Only one was recovered.

- (Live Matches)

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