Months before Ewen Macdonald was arrested for Scott Guy's murder, he scoffed at the police investigation and said they had no idea who the killer was, according to Mr Guy's younger brother.
Giving evidence at Macdonald's murder trial in the High Court in Wellington yesterday, Callum Guy said the comment came two to five months after Mr Guy was shot dead outside his rural Feilding home on July 8, 2010.
"I think he [Macdonald] said that he'd been asked [by police] if he knew who had done it, and he sort of laughed about it, saying they're hopeless and have no idea."
Mr Guy said he did not think there was anything sinister "at the time" about what Macdonald said.
He was also questioned about whether he had seen a pair of diving boots at Macdonald's house on the Guy family farm, known as Byreburn farm, 1.4km down the road from where Mr Guy was shot.
Footprints found at the murder scene matched a pair of size nine Proline dive boots, which the Crown says belonged to Macdonald.
Mr Guy told defence lawyer Greg King that while it "sounded familiar" that Macdonald had owned dive boots, he could not be sure.
He also demonstrated to the court how a shotgun kept on the farm could be broken down into three parts.
The Crown says the shotgun – which was broken down but not locked away on the day of the shooting – cannot be excluded as the murder weapon.
Mr Guy also offered some insight into the discord between his elder brother and Macdonald over the farm they co-managed, which the Crown says is Macdonald's motive for murder.
His brother was unhappy that Macdonald, who is married to their sister, Anna, was given a 10 per cent shareholding in Byreburn farm, which was going to be increased to 20 per cent in 2015.
"I think that he probably felt that Ewen was trying to take over the farm, whereas Scott wanted it to be a bit more about him and my father," Mr Guy said.
Scott's Guy's mother, Jo Guy, also told the court that Macdonald and Anna had the same fears of being "squeezed out" of the farm. T
hey arose after she and her husband, Bryan, returned from a business seminar with plans to use their land for other purposes, such as a recreational lake.
"Anna had said to us that Ewen was a bit worried that suddenly the dairy side of it might fall over and they might be out of the picture."
Scott Guy's sister, Nikki Guy, said her brother and Macdonald were at odds over how the farm was run and who was doing all the work.
It started out as grumbling behind each other's back but boiled over into a public spat in September 2009, when Scott Guy left milking early to attend a function at the Palmerston North fashion boutique she and her mother owned.
"Ewen kind of told him off for leaving early and Scott didn't appreciate that," Ms Guy said. "Scott said ... 'I'm not going to sit here and listen to that shit'."
Ms Guy said she had noticed a rivalry develop between the two ever since Mr Guy returned to co-manage the farm in 2003.
"The farm wasn't big enough for them to have the same equal [management] roles evenly across the farm," she said.
The trial continues today.
- The Dominion Post