Ewen Macdonald lacks some ''moral principles'' and his
''calculated and malicious'' past makes him too much of a risk
of reoffending, a Parole Board report says.
The board has today released its report on Macdonald's appeal
for freedom this week, detailing its ''concerns'' following
the Feilding farmer's unsuccessful bid on Tuesday.
In the report, Justice Warwick Gendall says Macdonald has
been described as a ''model prisoner'' but he still sees
psychological treatment as unnecessary except to appease the
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 a neighbouring farm.
Justice Gendall said while Macdonald admitted to his
offending and said in his submissions that he was ''ashamed
and disgusted with himself'', he still tries to ''diminish
his responsibility and pass it on or share that with his much
''Whilst he has shown signs of reform and said he was
committed to leading a law-abiding life, more often he
described his actions as 'stupid' rather than wrong,''
Justice Gendall said.
''He showed a limited grasp of, and identified a limited
range of moral principles that would guide his behaviour in
''He ... demonstrated little insight into the underlying
causes of his offending.
''He presented with a narrow emotional range and repeated his
wish to look ahead rather than to the past, which raises
questions in the board's mind about how seriously he views
his offending and its impact.''
Justice Gendall said there was ''considerable concern'' about
Macdonald's pattern of offending, which was ''planned and
repeated over a period in excess of two years; calculated and
malicious, destructive, hidden through actions and lies, and
''He gained satisfaction from and put effort into inflicting
harm on those who he perceived had offended him, and over a
lengthy period took steps to avoid discovery,'' Justice
A psychological report described Macdonald as displaying
A psychometric personality test revealed ''a marked tendency
to portray himself as having socially desirable qualities''
and ''can be self-involved and overvalue his self worth''.
Macdonald also had ''an over-controlled personality that
relies excessively on denial and repression to cope with and
avoid anger'', the report says.
Justice Gendall said the board was not satisfied Macdonald
would not pose an undue risk to the community ''or any person
in it with whom he should feel umbrage''.
Macdonald will be required to undertake one-to-one
psychological counselling and be subjected to a full forensic
psychiatric assessment before his next bid for parole, which
will be at least 11 months away.