Feilding reacts to Macdonald's sentencing
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 6:04p.m.
By Adam Ray
Ewen Macdonald's jail sentence of five years is not long enough for many in his home town of Feilding.
Arthur Evans has lived in the town for most of his life, and says MacDonald deserves more than five years in jail for his crimes, which have gripped the town.
“Is that it? Only five years? Put a zero after it, make it 50 years,” he says. “He is nothing short of a mongrel.”
Macdonald's crimes included killing deer and slaughtering calves with a hammer, making them even more distressing to a farming community like Feilding.
In the small town some know both the offender and the victims, which local Chantel Coleman says has led to divided loyalties.
“I knew, know both sides of the family, so it's mixed emotions whether he should have got more or not,” she says.
Brittons House Movers lost trailers worth more than $1 million after Macdonald burnt them. The firm's operations manager said Macdonald's sentence was too short and he had not heard a word of remorse.
Chris Laing, another local, says today’s sentencing will not be the end of the case for Feilding.
“Ultimately there's still an unsolved mystery out there, an unsolved murder,” he says.
Neighbours of the Macdonald family said that Ewen’s parents were popular and well-liked, but none of them wanted to comment on the chance of Ewen being released there when he leaves jail.
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16/09/2012 11:47:30 a.m.
Denis Stewart wrote:
I notice people are saying McDonald will be out of jail in 3 months which is not true as he will come up for a parole hearing to see if he is reformed and safe to be released into the community.
The odds are McDonald will serve his whole sentence unless he can prove he is safe to society.
However talking about a 5 year sentence you may want to look at the sentence Emery was given for chasing down and stabbing to death a 15 year old Cameron who Emery was out of prison in two years and nobody cared which Garth Mcvicar wanted the killer to spend no time in jail and said the boy had it coming.
This boy had fewer rights to life than the booby calves McDonald killed while Mcvicar blamed his mother for his death to seek media attention when Cameron had no convictions or problems with police.
It saddens me that now Garth Mcvicar has latched on to Kylee Guy and her two children to seek more media publicity for his hate and revenge club.
It’s so sad the trauma will never end for the guy family with publicity seekers like Garth Mcvicar jumping on the band wagon.
15/09/2012 10:37:45 p.m.
Susan Te Amo wrote:
It sucks. His sentence's should have been served consecutive. He seems to the legal system working for his benefit and none of this will give any sort of peace in the lives of the many people he has affected. Keep him in Jail for at least 25 years and then send him away
15/09/2012 2:02:39 p.m.
Ewen McDonald is messed up - I wonder what happened during his childhood to turn him into the monster he is today???
15/09/2012 12:45:09 p.m.
So if I had the rotten luck to have a neighbor like MacDonald and he informs me that if I report any of his actions to police he will make my life hell, it would seem that from these events that is exactly what he will do and he will soon be back in the community to continue to teach me the error of messing with him. No wonder the New Zealand public are reluctant to report crime. If you do, you will face retaliation from the criminal later.
15/09/2012 10:05:33 a.m.
The charge for killing the bobby calves was intentional damage. The method of killing was cruel and breached all animal welfare rules, which as a farmer Macdonald knew. Why was he not charged with animal cruelty. The standards for killing animals state that if animals are killed with a blow to the head they are to be bled immediately to prevent the animals from regaining consciousness. What he did was appalling. As he was a farmer, this makes it so much worse.
He should have been charged for each bobby calfs death.
15/09/2012 9:10:34 a.m.
5 years????? Ridiculous!!!
14/09/2012 11:47:34 p.m.
Keryn O wrote:
He killed these bobby calves with a hammer right? Surely the spca are able to press charges over and above what he was charged with? Cruelty to animals .. everything he done is sickening!
14/09/2012 9:48:21 p.m.
this is so dumb. 5 yrs really = 3 months jail?. whats up with sentencing judges. think ill go out and commit some crimes, torture some animals cause i know if i get caught ityll be a slap on the wrist. what is the message, sentencing is sending to the general population of this country. ? go ahead and commit a crime because. the deterrant is not there.
14/09/2012 9:24:12 p.m.
David H wrote:
Yet another light sentence handed out for what is all preplanned crimes. This guy should be gone for good and throw away the keys. So, is he going to get revenge on the person who told police he was involved with all these crimes ?? This whole affair is far from finished.
14/09/2012 7:47:25 p.m.
the DR wrote:
come on this man premeditated every move he did not commit this crime to make a quick buck just fore his own sick pleasure yet he will be out for Christmas he even murdered bobby calves and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of property and he will be free in three months i know people that have served more time for having three tinnies come on this is wrong whats up with this country
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