Ewen Macdonald's estranged wife says she is not surprised
by today's Parole Board decision which will keep her husband
behind bars for at least another 11 months.
Macdonald, a Feilding farmer, was denied parole after a
hearing at Manawatu Prison this morning, with the board
saying it was not satisfied he no longer posed an "undue risk
to the safety of the community".
It was a decision Anna Guy was expecting.
Ms Guy, who is separated from her husband, is the sister of
Scott Guy whom Macdonald was acquitted of murdering after a
trial this year.
She said today she would have been surprised if the Parole
Board's decision was any different.
She said she spent today with her parents and said it was a
"normal day" for all of them.
In denying Macdonald parole, the board said he had "much to
do" and would be required to undertake one-on-one counselling
with a psychologist.
The board also asked for a forensic psychiatric report to be
prepared for his next appearance which would take place in
November or December next year.
Macdonald became eligible for parole this month after serving
a third of his five-year prison term for arson, vandalism and
killing deer and calves on neighbouring Feilding farms.
When he was sentenced in September, Macdonald had already
served more than a year in prison awaiting trial. So, this
month he had officially served a third of his sentence and
became eligible to go before the board.
Ms Guy said she and the couple's four children were now
looking forward to Christmas. The kids would be visiting
their father in prison before the holiday started.
She was considering how to tell the children that their
father had been denied parole today.
"I haven't told the kids about today yet. That will probably
be a little bit hard," Ms Guy said.
"At the moment they don't know when he's coming out."
Ms Guy said she wanted her children's lives to be disrupted
as little as possible.
"If he comes out he'll be going somewhere else. It's not like
he's coming home," she said.
"We need to get on and do our own thing."
The board had informed the registered victim, Scott Guy's
widow Kylee, of its decision today.
Mrs Guy is still working with private investigators after
launching her own inquiry into her husband's death.
Scott Guy was shot in the driveway of the couple's farm in
A submission by Kylee Guy's family at today's hearing said
they still considered Macdonald a risk to the community
because his crimes were malicious and deceptive, TVNZ
They did not want him to be living anywhere in the Manawatu
or Hawkes Bay regions.