Ewen Macdonald denied parole

Last updated 13:34 11/12/2012
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DENIED PAROLE: Ewen Macdonald has failed in his bid to get an early release from prison.

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The father of murdered farmer Scott Guy said there was "some sense of justice" in Ewen Macdonald's sentence following his parole denial today.

After the hearing, Bryan Guy said he was not sure what the outcome would be.

"The offences that he admitted to have certainly hurt a lot of people and they'll be pleased to see, I dare say, there's some sense of justice in his sentence."

Macdonald, 32, will stay in jail, with the Parole Board saying it wasn't satisfied he no longer posed an undue risk to the safety of the community.

Macdonald was earlier this year found not guilty of murdering his brother-in-law, Feilding farmer Scott Guy, but has served a third of a five-year sentence for arson, vandalism and killing animals.

He met three members of the Parole Board at Manawatu Prison this morning.

Justice Warwick Gendall told him the board would not be releasing him yet and Macdonald would be required to undergo "intensive psychological therapy".

"There are underlying issues that the board thinks you need to have addressed," Justice Gendall said.

A report from a forensic psychiatrist was also requested and Macdonald would be back before the board in 11 months' time.

Macdonald told the board he was not one to sit around crying.

"I feel I have moved on from my offending and I have tried to put it in the past. I do feel deeply remorseful for my actions and the victims," he said.

"I haven't been drawn to tears, but I don't dwell on things. I've just assessed what's happened.

"I just try and make the best of a bad situation and look to the future."

He said the breakup of his marriage, being in prison, and his children wanting him to come home had upset him.

His ex-wife, Anna, said she expected the outcome.

"We're carrying on as normal. I'm not dwelling on Ewen, parole, and all that kind of stuff."

The board was told Macdonald had been part of a carpentry course and would offer to help others struggling with that.

Justice Gendall asked Macdonald why he did not tell his family they were safe and the criminal damage and arson committed against Kylee and Scott Guy's property was done by him, not a stranger.

"I guess the main priority was I knew there would be serious consequences," he said.

"I was just worried about myself."

He acknowledged the damage to the Guys' new farmhouse in January 2009 was motivated by revenge, but saw this as a watershed moment to turn himself around.

Macdonald's offending was undertaken alongside former Guy family farm worker Callum Boe, and it was he, Macdonald said, who came up with the idea to burn down Graham Sexton's whare in March 2008.

It was also Boe's idea to poach two trophy deer from Colyton farmer Craig Hocken in December 2006, Macdonald said.

He spoke of his desire to make amends for his crimes and spoke about the possibility of paying reparation to his victims or volunteering his time to labour on their farms.

This may not be possible, however, as the board asked him how he felt about making it a condition of parole that he wasn't allowed in Manawatu, Hawke's Bay or Horowhenua.

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Macdonald said he would like to be able to come back to Manawatu in the future.

Board member Neville Trendle said he had heard from a family member of Kylee Guy's who opposed Macdonald's early release.

"She said you were motivated by revenge, retaliation and jealousy. You carefully planned and covered up afterwards."

- Manawatu Standard

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