Feilding reacts to 'not guilty' verdict
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 6:04p.m.
By Dan Parker
The not guilty verdict in the trial of Ewen Macdonald for the murder of Scott Guy has been met with shock, dismay and relief in Feilding, the small town near where Mr Guy lived and died.
Many know the families involved, and many more had opinions on the case.
For a small rural town, Feilding has suffered a huge amount of anguish.
“Many of the witnesses in the trial live in the town and many residents know someone involved and have followed the case,” says Feilding Mayor Margaret Kouvelis.
Moving on will be tough but they're used to it. Since the beginning of 2010, Feilding has had a run of horrific tragedies.
In January 2010, local pilot Nick Cree was killed practising aerobatics.
In July, just a few days after Mr Guy was murdered, a mid-air collision claimed two lives. Then just weeks after that three people were killed in a murder-suicide.
In August that same year, local lad Tim O'Donnell was killed in Afghanistan, and in January this year two men were killed when they crashed their plane into a Feilding park.
“We are just probably more unlucky than most communities, really," says pub owner Phil Etuale. "All these things are happening to us, or people that these are happening to we know in our community here.
“But at the end of the day, these are things that are beyond our control.”
With that in mind, these tragedies have been far from a fatal blow to community spirit. Mr Etuale says the Guy murder has been more of a talking point than a flashpoint.
“We haven't noticed it causing division amongst people. We have noticed people discussing it. We have noticed people referring to what they have just seen on the news the night before or whatever. But it's all just an opinion they are voicing over a beer they are having with mates,” he says.
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4/07/2012 12:51:58 p.m.
I have been following the Scott Guy murder trial with interest and over the years in my line of work as a Pest Destruction Supervisor am very familiar with firearms. I am probably wrong in suggesting this but have always wondered understandably when a shotgun is used the gun is not traceable like a rifle it having no land grooves in the barrel etc. But what about the firing pin which makes contact with the detonator in the shotgun shell, does it not have microscopic characteristics that can identify the gun used? I know that after much use of a firearm a firing pin will hit the detonator in a specific way through wear and often develop scratches on the pins surface.
3/07/2012 8:36:54 p.m.
Shocked Ewen McDonald is Guilty, cannot believe he got off, he is a compulsive liar and a clearly a very dangerous person. What is happening to NZ Justice System. This is appalling miscarriage of Justice!!! Hopefully new evidence will come to light, this is a travesty. Scott Guy has no life, Ewen McDonald does not deserve any either !!!
3/07/2012 7:51:43 p.m.
Jair Phreed wrote:
Wow, never knew you could get away with murder in NZ. Now I know !
3/07/2012 7:28:46 p.m.
kirstie tabener wrote:
I come from feilding but now live in auckland, i followed this case right through, i can believe the jury came to not guilty, Ewan knew how scott died before the police said anything, i gues they now have to relook at the case and find out the truth not only for the family but for feilding.
3/07/2012 7:17:18 p.m.
I dont think Ewan was guilty either Its going to be hard to pick up the pieces and keep going with all the conjecture about I hope his family support him He did do a lot of hard work for the Guy family and lifted them all up Sometimes working too hard can get to you
3/07/2012 6:44:54 p.m.
Glenys Crawshaw wrote:
What a beautiful & dignified family tne Guy family are. Kylie and Anna , you are beautiful young women and our love and thoughts are with you always. To the whole family, please accept our love and sadness for your terrible loss. Glenys Crawshaw
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