Ewen Macdonald’s defence has begun giving their closing address in the Scott Guy murder trial.
Defence Lawyer Greg King began by slamming the Crown’s case, claiming it’s lacking evidence and is full of assumptions and allegations.
He says with the presumption of guilt anything can be made to fit, but that’s not the case.
"If he's done it, it must've been his boots, if he's done it must've been the farm shot gun, if he's done it everything he said afterwards is contrived and manipulative.
"If he's done it, arriving at work exactly on time looking exactly normal, wearing exactly what he does every morning when he's not on earlies, is all a big trick."
But Greg King says Ewen Macdonald isn't guilty and those were the actions of an innocent man going about his daily routine.
Earlier today the Crown detailed Ewen Macdonald’s tense relationship with Scott Guy, which it claims drove him to murder his brother-in-law.
Crown Lawyer Ben Vanderkolk has urged the jury to find Ewen Macdonald guilty during his closing address in the High Court.
Macdonald is accused of gunning down his brother-in-law on the driveway to his Feilding home in July 2010.
Mr Vanderkolk has told the court that at the time of the murder, Macdonald and Mr Guy had totally different plans for their farm, and Macdonald had attempted to drive Mr Guy off the farm.
"There were failed intensifying efforts on the part of the accused to displace Kylie Guy and Scott Guy from Aorangi Road. They include as we know, the Crown says, the letters, the arson, the vandalism and the graffiti."
The jury have also been told that no one really understands the mind of Scott Guy's alleged killer.
Mr Vanderkolk has noted Macdonald’s limited expression during his trial and told the jury that no one knows what his outlets for aggression are. He also says it means no one knows the depth of Macdonald's resentment.
"He contrasts that, members of the jury, with his capacity for deceit, and his abuse of the trust of his wife Anna, leading the life of an arsonist, a vandal, and a person who writes poisonous notes. Members of the jury, regrettably, no one really knows him."
He gave a detailed account of a violent attack on Scott and Kylee Guy's new home, describing the act as extreme conduct of the most serious kind.
"And, members of the jury, you cannot imagine almost the frenzy and the deep seated resentment and anger that drives the state of mind of the accused when he's doing it."
He has told the jury that on the morning of Scott Guy’s murder he would've faced Macdonald’s silhouette before two shots were fired.
"The first the Crown says is fatal, the second is what might be described as a following shot on a moving target. He leaves with the puppies, gets back to a time frame within which he can then check and sets that as the anchor time for all his subsequent movements."
Mr Vanderkolk says Ewen Macdonald then returned home and made unnecessary noises to assure his wife that he was home that morning.
Mr Vanderkolk also reminded the jury that on the morning of the murder Macdonald argued that Scott Guy had been shot, while everyone else believed he had had his throat slit.
"The accused knew the cause of the death of Scott Guy before anyone else, he knew because he was the gunman. He knew, because he had taken those two shots."
The High Court has also heard that Macdonald was unable to tell his wife that Scott Guy was dead because he was the one that killed him.
Mr Vanderkolk says Macdonald had attended the murder scene and even appeared light hearted, but failed to call and tell his wife about the death.
Mr Vanderkolk says when his wife found out Macdonald asked 'are you alright' but failed to tell her the news himself.
He says the Crown doesn't need to prove each circumstance in its case, but it just has to prove the fact of the murder.
"The reason for that, members of the jury, is that there is no eye witness to this murder, and it can only be proven by reference to circumstance and by reference to coincidence."
Mr Vanderkolk says earlier facts presented throughout the trial have proved Ewen Macdonald guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
He says there was a regular pattern of events on the Guy family farm in the lead up to the murder and claims Macdonald used that to his advantage.
"Only the person who has a sense, based on years of work, based on the unfair partnership, based on the time that Scott Guy would be the 'Sleeping Beauty' of this property, who knows the pattern of time at which you can safely assess that Scott Guy would get up."
The Crown took almost seventeen days to present their case to the jury, calling over one hundred witnesses and presenting over four hours of police interviews.
But when the defence had their turn yesterday, they called just two witnesses who questioned technicalities in the crown's case.
Both sides will have their final say during their closing argument's today, with the jury expected to indicate whether they would like to begin deliberating tomorrow or on Monday.
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