Do full jail time, Guys say

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 08:17 19/11/2013
Anna Guy with new partner Brent Jameson.
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EWEN MACDONALD: Was found not guilty of his brother-in-law's murder.

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Anna Guy wants her estranged husband Ewen Macdonald to serve his full sentence behind bars, saying a possible release could throw a "spanner in the works".

The Parole Board has announced it will meet with Macdonald at Christchurch Men's Prison on Monday, when he will get the chance to plead his case.

The 33-year-old has been in custody since he was arrested in April 2011 for the murder of his brother-in-law, Scott Guy, who was shot in July 2010. The pair worked at the Guy family's Feilding farm.

After a five-week trial in Wellington last year, Macdonald was acquitted of the killing but was later jailed for five years for arson, vandalism and killing animals.

Ms Guy, his estranged wife, now lives in Auckland with their four children and her new partner Brent Jameson.

She is currently pregnant and expecting the couple's first child together.

Ms Guy said yesterday she would not be at next week's hearing and had not written a submission for it. Whatever happened to Macdonald was "out of my hands", she said.

"I think when someone's sentenced for a certain length of time, they should see through that sentence. I don't think they should be let out or anything like that.

"I do feel strongly about that.

"It's not just for him."

She tried not to worry about the prospect of parole, as Macdonald would be out sooner or later.

Because of their children, there would likely be some contact with him. "We'll have to work through it when it happens," she said.

"It's almost like your life is on hold still when he's away, because it's not like a normal marriage breakup when you share the kids.

"It's such a weird kind of place we're at." Her family were now settled in Auckland, and the children were happy and making friends. Ms Guy would tell them the result of the hearing but said if Macdonald was released, it would "throw a spanner in the works".

Her father, Bryan Guy, echoed the view that people sentenced to a jail term should serve the full stretch.

In the Guy family's recently released book, Scott Guy: His Parents' Story of Love, Betrayal, Murder and Courage, they spoke of Macdonald sending a letter from prison suggesting once he was released they all might "get back together and sit down and have a few laughs".

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Bryan Guy said that was unlikely at this stage, as "the trust has gone, unfortunately". "He's still the father of our grandchildren, so no doubt there would be some contact."

The letter did contain an apology, but Macdonald was not specific about what he was apologising for, Mr Guy said.

Alongside former Guy farm worker Callum Boe, Macdonald admitted six criminal charges, including destroying the interior of Scott and wife Kylee Guy's new house and scrawling crude messages on the building's exterior.

Boe and Macdonald committed other offences, such as killing 19 calves on a Foxton farm, as acts of revenge.

Macdonald was declined parole last year, after serving a third of his sentence, with the Parole Board saying: "We are not satisfied that presently Mr Macdonald would not pose an undue risk to the community or any person in it with whom he should feel umbrage."

As well as undertaking one-on-one psychological counselling, the board required Macdonald to be subject to a "full forensic psychiatric assessment".

- Manawatu Standard

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