A Hamilton teenager who fed police false information about a high-profile killing claims he was "just trying to help", after watching a television show.
Police say Andrew Colin George Jacobs, 18, formerly of Feilding, called an inquiry hotline after an episode of Police Ten 7 appealed for information about the killing of Feilding farmer Scott Guy.
Guy, 31, was gunned down on the driveway of his Aorangi Rd house near the Manawatu town on the morning of July 8, 2010.
His brother-in-law Ewen Kerry Macdonald has since been arrested and charged with murder.
Police say Jacobs told investigators he had driven past Guy's house on the morning of his death - but before the shooting - and seen a car parked on a side road nearby.
He agreed to provide a written statement to police at a later date.
But when police tried to track Jacobs down, they found he had given false phone numbers and a false address in Palmerston North.
Jacobs, who now lives in Waikato, appeared in Hamilton District Court yesterday to enter a guilty plea to a charge of obstruction.
In court, police prosecutor Sergeant Jock Simpson said Jacobs' false tip triggered an extensive follow-up enquiry and a lot of work was done.
After his arrest, Jacobs had told officers he had felt bad for the Guy family and wanted to give information to help, Simpson said.
Jacobs was yesterday remanded at large for sentencing at a later date.
Outside court, he said he was sorry for what he had done.
He was not sure why he did it, or why he thought false information would help the family.
He didn't think about the hurt it might cause the family.
"[I pleaded guilty] because I want to try and put things right," he said.
Guy's sister Nikki Guy yesterday said she was disappointed Jacobs had misled the police.
"It's just frustrating because we just want the truth - that's the most important thing. "That's what we all want," she said.
Officer in charge of the case, Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger, said she could not comment on the case until after Jacobs was sentenced.
It's not the first time police have had to deal with false leads in the Guy case.
In November Manawatu prisoner Shaun Francis Whittaker, 34, was further jailed for three months after telling police he could name a friend who confessed to shooting Guy. He was also ordered to pay $8545.10 to police for wasting their time
In December a 16-year-old boy was referred to police youth aid after providing false information.
Schwalger previously told media that the false leads were "disheartening" for those working on the case.
- Waikato Times