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New Zealand News | Tuesday July 3 2012 15:59

Ewen Macdonald found not guilty


The family of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy is looking forwards, not back, now the man accused of his killing has been found not guilty.

The jury's found Scott Guy's brother in-law Ewen McDonald not guilty after concluding their deliberations at the High Court in Wellington this afternoon

Scott Guy's father Bryan Guy says his family has learnt a lot from the tragedy, mostly about themselves.

"We've learnt what is important is a father to his children and although that father cannot be replaced we know that with strong community and family support and values that there is hope for the future."

AUDIO: Listen to Bryan Guy address the media after the verdict

Police are standing by the integrity of their investigation into the murder of Feilding farmer Scott Guy.

Inquiry head Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger says they used the best evidence they had.

"This was a thorough and professional investigation, we put all the evidence together and we put the best available evidence before the jury, we accept the jury's decision."

Bryan Guy says they still have questions.

"We're obviously left wondering who is responsible for the death of our son. This verdict does not bring Scott back, it does not restore a father to his son, a husband to his wife, it does not restore a son and brother to his family."

Mr Guy says the family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received.

While Ewen Macdonald's been cleared of murder, he remains in custody on vandalism and arson charges.

He's due to appear in court again at the end of the month.

Photo: NZ Herald


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