Macdonald's about-turn in police interview - Part 2
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 1:25p.m.
By 3 News online staff
The jury in the Scott Guy murder trial has this morning been shown more video evidence of Ewen Macdonald the day he was arrested.
Yesterday afternoon, the court was shown the first two-and-a-half hours of the police video interview, which showed Macdonald deny stealing a neighbour’s deer, setting fire to an old farm house and vandalising Mr Guy’s new house.
Macdonald has since admitted being responsible for all three crimes.
In the video, Detective Laurie Howell questions Macdonald about information supplied to police by Macdonald’s friend and former farmworker Callum Boe.
“We asked you about Callum…[and] you said, ‘He’s straight up, he’s truthful. He tells the truth’. Well, we think he has told us the truth,” Mr Howell said.
“You’re not willing to change your view on what happened, based on what Callum Boe might have told us?”
At this point in the interview, Macdonald admits that he and Boe did steal the neighbour’s prized stags, burn down an old farmhouse and vandalise Mr Guy and wife Kylee’s new home.
Asked why they stole the deer, Macdonald told police it was “a challenge”.
“I don’t have a reason why, we just did it.”
Mr Howell asked Macdonald what the pair thought they would achieve by torching the old farmhouse.
“Just… thought that it would be funny. But, yeah.”
“Oh nah just… to do it. Not funny for anyone.
Macdonald also admitted to the graffiti at the Guy property, saying that “probably was more directed [at Scott and Kylee]”.
Mr Howell asked Macdonald to recall what he had written on the walls of the building.
“Oh I can’t remember,” Macdonald said. “What was in the paper? Was it, ‘bitch slapper’ or something?”
The pair had used bikes to commit the crime so no one would hear them, Macdonald said, and the paint used was “ditched” at Huka Falls.
Macdonald admitted the graffiti had been his idea, to which Mr Howell asked: “Whose idea was the arson?”
“Uh, I think it had just come up in conversation. I don’t remember whether he suggested it or I suggested it or whether… our blimmin’ banter, an idea brewed.”
Later in the interview, Mr Howell said police had formed the view that whoever committed the attacks was responsible for Mr Guy's murder.
"I guess it sort of makes sense,'' Macdonald said.
Asked about that comment after admitting to the damage, Macdonald said: "I said it makes sense for your investigation.''
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2/08/2012 8:26:17 a.m.
5mins 50secs Ditched the paint can at Huka falls, well that shows a pretty high degree of forensic awareness.... just sayin
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