2 Nov 2015

Ewen Macdonald released from prison

4:55 pm on 2 November 2015

A man acquitted of murdering his brother-in-law remains a risk to the public and should still be in jail, the dead man's sister-in-law says.

Ewen Macdonald, entering court. (File photograph.)

Ewen Macdonald, entering court. (File photograph.) Photo: Getty

Ewen Macdonald was found not guilty of the 2010 murder of brother-in-law Scott Guy but was later jailed for five years for arson, vandalism and killing livestock.

The Department of Corrections today confirmed he had been released from Rolleston Prison, weeks after the Parole Board granted his parole. It would not say when he was released.

Mr Guy's sister-in-law, Chanelle Bullock, said Macdonald was still a risk to the public and should not have been released from prison.

Ewen Macdonald.

Ewen Macdonald. Photo: RNZ

She said on social media today was the day the family wished never happened, and that she was worried and scared as she believed he was still a risk to the public.

Macdonald must comply with a number of strict parole conditions surrounding his release, including not entering the North Island.