Amy Elizabeth Farrall with her dog, Chop.
The man who has admitted murdering Christchurch community
support worker Amy Farrall, then attacking two female
hitch-hikers on the West Coast was on parole at the time of his
crime spree and had been out of prison only six months.
Aaron Rhys McDonald, 38, pleaded guilty to murdering Farrall
at his second court appearance, via audio visual link (AVL),
in the High Court at Christchurch this morning.
He also lost his name suppression and his identity can be
revealed for the first time.
The body of Miss Farrall, 24, was found in the boot of her
car at a Woolston supermarket on the morning of March 29.
This morning, some of her devastated family members were in
court to see McDonald on the AVL screen wearing green prison
clothes and with a slight smirk, he said, "guilty your
honour" to charges that he raped and killed her.
He also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Ms
Honda by pushing her out of a moving vehicle, and also
causing grievous bodily harm to Ms Brandl.
A minor charge of operating a motor vehicle recklessly as he
tried to evade police before being arrested after a five-hour
stand-off, was also admitted.
Aaron Rhys McDonald
McDonald was on parole at the time of the crime spree, a
Parole Board decision shows.
He had been sentenced at Palmerston North District Court in
May 2009 to five years and three months in custody for
multiple crimes, including the manufacture of
methamphetamine, burglary, theft, and arson.
A hearing at Rimutaka Prison last September was told McDonald
was a self-confessed alcohol and methamphetamine user who
smoked cannabis daily since he was 15 but his risk to the
community over the remaining nine months of his sentence
could be "adequately mitigated".
He told the board that he had accommodation available in
"There is, however, no work available there, although he has
tentatively proposed that in time he may work with a friend
in Christchurch. This seems to be some way off at the
moment," the decision said.
Special conditions attached to his parole, imposed until
December this year, included that he attend a medium
intensity relapse programme, undertake an alcohol and drug
treatment, or counselling, programme, and to live at the
He was on a 10pm to 6am curfew for the first three months of
his release and was banned from drinking alcohol or taking
illicit drugs or synthetic cannabis.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Lange said a police summary of
facts from the murder trial has not yet been finalised.
Mr Lange asked for two health assessors' reports to be
carried out on McDonald, a kitchenhand from Otaki, which
could see him sentenced to an open-ended period of preventive
Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said she was not seeking a
continuation of an interim name suppression order made at
McDonald's first court appearance, made at his Christchurch
Hospital bedside where he was undergoing surgery for police
dog bites sustained during his arrest.
Justice Graham Panckhurst called for reports ahead of
McDonald being sentenced at the High Court in Christchurch on