One of Ewen Macdonald’s victims has labelled the former Feilding farmer a “bad apple” as more details of his offending emerge. …
Macdonald and former family farm worker Callum Boe went on a series of night-time “missions” that included burning down a hut, destroying 16,000 litres of milk and killing a herd of calves.
The murder trial jury did not hear of these “missions”, but was told about the pair destroying property belonging to Scott and Kylee Guy and poaching deer from Colyton farmer Craig Hocken.
One of the newly revealed charges was for killing 19 calves on Paul Barber’s Foxton property overnight on August 9, 2007. They were all bashed on the head with a heavy object, thought to be a ball-peen hammer.
In discussing the trial, a number of people have said that there was a huge gap between vandalising someone’s house and actually killing them. There is I suspect far less of a gap between killing 19 calves with a hammer and killing someone – in terms of being the sort of person who could kill someone.
That is why of course it was suppressed. The attacks on the Guys were allowed as it was directly relevant to the trial, but this info would be prejudicial in that it would have the jury thinking “He is a sick bastard, so he must have done it”.
December 30, 2006: Ewen Macdonald killed two trophy stags on Craig Hocken’s Feilding property.
August 9, 2007: Intentionally destroyed 16,000 litres of milk at Graham Sexton’s farm at Himatangi.
August 9, 2007: Intentionally killed calves causing loss to farmer Paul Barber at Foxton.
March 21, 2008: Damaged a duck-shooting whare belonging to Graham Sexton.
October 24, 2008: Damaged an old house by fire on Scott and Kylee Guy’s property in Feilding.
January 30, 2009: Vandalism of Scott and Kylee Guy’s new home in Feilding.
July 8, 2010: Scott Guy shot dead at the end of his driveway in the early hours of the morning.
It is pretty clear there is something quite wrong with Macdonald. Hopefully he will get a long jail sentence for the crimes has has been found guilty of, and will get treatment for whatever ails him.