Police drain Guy farm ponds

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:50 17/06/2013
Scott Guy
SCOTT GUY: Killed in 2010.

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Police investigating the murder of Feilding farmer Scott Guy spent nine days this month draining effluent ponds on the family farm as their hunt for the killer continues.

Guy, 31, was shot dead outside his rural Aorangi Rd property about 4.45am on July 8, 2010.

His brother-in-law, Ewen Kerry Macdonald, was acquitted of his murder at a trial in Wellington a year ago.

Macdonald is serving time in jail for other crimes, including vandalising property belonging to Mr Guy and his wife, Kylee.

At the time of the acquittal police said they were not pursuing anyone else for the killing, but new information released to the Manawatu Standard today under the Official Information Act shows the inquiry has not stalled.

Police had said during the trial that distinctive dive boots, dead puppies and shotgun cartridges that could provide key evidence could be in the ponds. The ponds had not been searched because of the danger to divers.

Four hundred to 500 tonnes of mud and silt in two effluent ponds on the Guy family farm have been sifted through in the hunt for clues this month.

However, police say nothing relevant was found. Onlyeartags from cattle and other farm rubbish were uncovered.

A statement from Mr Guy's parents, Bryan and Jo, said the question of what the ponds could contain had been raised on a "few occasions".

Police had asked if they could search the sludge to coincide with the ponds' regular maintenance, when the water was drained.

"We were happy to co-operate with the request to help provide an answer and put that particular question to rest," Bryan and Jo Guy said.

"The overwhelming support we have received since the day Scott died still continues. Just about every day someone, even complete strangers, will say something to us or share their stories. It is good to know that so many people support us and are thinking of us.

"We can't go back and we will never forget. We are just doing our best to focus on the future and adjust to a new 'normal', rebuilding our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren."

Superintendent Sue Schwalger, who headed the murder investigation, said police had received no specific information that led them to undertake the dredging. They wanted to reassure Mr Guy's family and other interested parties that there was nothing of interest in the ponds.

"The dredging operation provides further reassurance to the family and the wider public that police undertook a thorough investigation," Schwalger said.

"We again thank Kylee and the Guy family for their continued courage and support.

"I reiterate that throughout this inquiry police thoroughly investigated and assessed all information provided to them. The police file remains open and police remain interested in hearing from anyone who may have information that is relevant to the case."

Since Macdonald's murder trial, police had received a "small amount" of information.

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"The information was assessed and investigated; however, there were no further lines of inquiry generated."

A police spokeswoman today confirmed there were no new "persons of interest".

Schwalger said police did not record how many man-hours had been spent on the case since July last year, while police would not release their entire case file.

- Manawatu Standard

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