Macdonald accomplice out of prison
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 4:46p.m.
By 3 News online staff
A Feilding teenager who accompanied Ewen Macdonald on a crime spree including arson, criminal damage and slaughtering calves has been released from prison.
He had served just half of his sentence.
Callum Boe was sentenced to two years in prison in September last year, but the Parole Board and Boe’s lawyer confirmed to RadioLive today that he is a free man.
Boe worked on the dairy farm Macdonald managed and the pair became close, eventually partnering up and committing a number of crimes - dubbed “missions of revenge” - together.
Those crimes were only discovered when police questioned Boe regarding the death of Macdonald’s brother-in-law and business partner Scott Guy.
Boe admitted to the crimes which led police to arrest Macdonald for Mr Guy’s murder.
Macdonald was charged with the murder but acquitted by a jury early last month.
During the trial, the crimes the pair committed were suppressed to ensure a fair trial but last week, the suppression lapsed and the details of what Macdonald and Boe did became public.
Boe was sent to prison for two years, serving his total sentence of six years concurrently.
Their list of offending:
The slaughtering of the calves, the emptying of the milk and the arson were carried out as revenge against the farmers because they were caught and trespassed after poaching deer 100-200 times on Mr Sexton and Mr Barber’s farms.
After both men apologised and returned the deer heads, they came back several months later to commit the crimes.
RadioLive also spoke to Boe’s grandparents who confirmed their grandson was no longer behind bars.
Boe’s parents died when he was a young boy and his grandparents raised him.
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