Macdonald victim tells of 'violating' crimes
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 6:37a.m.
By Rachel Smalley and 3 News online staff
3 News can now report the details of three further criminal charges against Ewen Macdonald after the suppression orders around them lapsed.
Macdonald was found not guilty of murdering brother-in-law Scott Guy, but he has however admitted six other charges, including an arson attack and emptying a vat of milk on Nigel Sexton's farm.
Mr Sexton told 3 News about how he challenged Macdonald – he says he felt threatened by Macdonald's poaching
"We had one stag shot within 600 metres of the house and the cape (skin) taken off," says Mr Sexton.
"That's pretty violating when its 600 metres from your house."
Macdonald was caught poaching on Mr Sexton's property by a neighbouring farmer Paul Barber in 2007.
He apologised, but weeks later came back. Macdonald and an accomplice emptied thousands of litres of milk from Mr Sexton's milk vat, and on the same night slaughtered 19 calves in a shed on Mr Barber's farm.
Six months later they burnt down the Sextons' historic hunting whare – Mr Sexton says Macdonald knew it would hurt his family.
"No doubt it was revenge," says Mr Sexton.
The jury at Macdonald's murder trial were told about other charges Macdonald admits over poaching and damaging and burning houses linked to Scott and Kylee Guy.
The three other charges were suppressed after his lawyer argued they'd unfairly influence the jury.
A sentencing date on all the charges will be set next month
Macdonald’s list of offending:
More on Ewen Macdonald:
The month-long murder trial was heard in Wellington last month where a jury found Macdonald not guilty.
Police interviews from the day Macdonald was arrested were played in court which show him admitting the three crimes.
2/08/2012 9:50:20 a.m.
Well his true character is shown here then. I would say going by this list he is a lucky man for getting away with murdering his brother inlaw. If he was capable of doing all this other stuff that has just come out then he was also capable of murder. Hope someone finds some proof that will see him re-trialed.RIP Scott Guy
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