Ewen Macdonald "has no words big enough" to show remorse for his crimes, his parents say in a just-released statement.
After a month-long trial at the High Court in Wellington, Macdonald was on Tuesday found not guilty of murdering his brother-in-law and business partner, Feilding farmer Scott Guy.
Throughout the trial, Macdonald's parents maintained silent support for their son. They were among the more than 80 witnesses called to give evidence.
Statement from Kerry and Marlene Macdonald:
"Over 480 days ago our son Ewen was arrested for Scott's murder and we spoke in our statement at the time of our support and unconditional love for Ewen. Over the months since, that support and love has got us all through this ordeal. We also commented that 'the truth was keenly sought by all'.
"After talking to Ewen at every prison visit possible and hundreds of phone conversations we are no longer 'confused and bewildered' but rather totally at peace with the knowledge that we at least have his truth. Tuesday's verdict was correct.
"The trial has been brutal for many especially Kylee and the Guy family. Ewen knows he is responsible for that as well as the physical crimes he committed. Ewen has no words big enough to express his remorse or apologies.
"We feel that the media have forgotten through the weeks of the trial about the real tragedy which is Scott's death, and all who miss him. Wife, kids, mother, father, brother, sisters and wider families. Pause for a moment whilst you follow this spectacle and reflect on Scott's passing and all it means.
"We continue to give our unconditional love and support along with Bryan and Jo to Anna and our wonderful grandkids.
"We as a family have had enormous love and support from family, friends and colleagues which has given us the strength to get through the last months and these last four weeks. Thank you one and all.
"We cannot end this statement without mentioning our deep appreciation of the respect, dignity and great compassion shown to us and Ewen by the staff at Manawatu Prison during this time.
"We have also had long hours with the New Zealand Police giving statements etc. and must say that they have been gracious and receptive to any of our concerns and have worked to resolve them all which has been greatly appreciated by us."
Kerry is a director at Palmerston North's Hunting and Fishing, where the Crown said Ewen bought his hunting gear, including a pair of dive boots similar to those alleged to have been worn by the person who shot Guy.
Macdonald, 32, has been remanded in custody to appear in the Palmerston North District Court on July 31, when it is expected a sentencing date will be set.
A suppression order on the fact he is facing other serious charges has been lifted, but the details of those charges are still suppressed.
He has already spent 15 months in prison, since he was arrested in April last year.
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