Guys speak out after sentencing

BRYAN GUY: Ewen Macdonald "has lost our trust and has hurt us deeply".
BRYAN GUY: Ewen Macdonald "has lost our trust and has hurt us deeply".

The Guy family have released a statement following today's sentencing of Ewen Macdonald, the man found not guilty of killing Feilding farmer Scott Guy.

The statement, signed off by Scott's father, Bryan, was released shortly after today's hearing in the High Court at Palmerston North, where Macdonald was jailed for five years on arson and vandalism charges.

‘‘Today is yet another reminder of how one person’s actions have affected everyone in our family.

‘‘The sentencing today does not give us closure or satisfaction. It is simply a reminder that there are consequences for the decisions that Ewen made.

‘‘One consequence is that Ewen is no longer part of our day to day lives. He has lost our trust and has hurt us deeply and shaken the values which our family hold dear.

‘‘However the turmoil we have been through has brought our immediate family closer together, and it is our future that we now focus on,’’ the statement said.

‘‘Our family is now challenged with building a new life. We are determined to build a future not on anger or revenge, not on resentment or sorrow.

‘‘We must build a future for our children and grandchildren on love and compassion, on truth and faith.

‘‘We can only reiterate our heartfelt thanks to all New Zealanders for the support and caring you have shown our family, which continues to give us strength and courage.’’

Manawatu Standard