8 Apr 2011

Brother-in-law charged with Scott Guy's murder

9:57 pm on 8 April 2011

The brother-in-law of Feilding farmer Scott Guy has been charged with his murder.

The 31-year-old was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Aorangi Road early on 8 July last year.

Ewen Kerry MacDonald, 30, appeared briefly in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday.

The Feilding man also faces six other charges, the details of which have been suppressed.

Defence lawyer Greg King told the court his client chose not to have name suppression because the case is of great interest.

Mr King said the killing remains unsolved and his client denies any involvement.

Mr MacDonald requested that the details of the other charges be suppressed as it would be prejudicial to a fair trial. He did not seek bail.

Judge Nevin Dawson granted the suppression request and remanded the accused in custody until 26 May.

A second man, aged 21, has been charged with arson and criminal damage in relation to incidents at the Guy dairy farm in 2008 and 2009.

He has appeared in the Queenstown District Court and has not been charged in relation to Mr Guy's killing.

Disbelief and sadness - father

Ewen McDonald is married to Scott Guy's sister Anna and was a pallbearer at his funeral. The two men worked together on the dairy farm with Scott's father Bryan.

Bryan Guy never expected his son-in-law to be the one charged with murder and says it is the family's worst nightmare and a lot tougher than when Scott was killed.

Mr Guy said he is giving Mr MacDonald the benefit of doubt at this stage, as he plans to defend the charges.

He said there is sadness and disbelief in his family, who were informed of the arrest on Thursday.

"Very much mixed emotions at the time because we've sort of been wanting to get to this stage for nine months now and when you get there, you're not sure that you want to know.

"You feel sad really ... when you think you know somebody and perhaps we didn't know as well as we thought. "

Mr Guy said there is a long way to go, as Mr MacDonald has only been charged.

"The ripples that will go through the community and the families from this is huge and I guess we're trying not to look too many days ahead at the moment."

Community relieved at arrest

Many residents in Feilding have been taking comfort at news of the development in the long-running case.

However, one local, William, said the community may struggle. "It's something that the whole town has been waiting for for nine months, but indications are that it may be a little close to home for a lot of people to come to terms with."

Another resident, Graham, said it is an awful situation for everyone involved.

"Justice will be seen to be done I think, but at the end of the day nobody's winning."

Manawatu mayor Ian McKelvie said he was surprised to hear the man charged with murder was known locally.