The family of murdered Manawatu farmer Scott Guy say the sentencing of his brother-in-law on a raft of unrelated charges brings them no closure.
Ewen Macdonald, 32, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment when he appeared in the High Court at Palmerston North on Friday.
He had admitted setting fire to the Guy family's old house in 2008, vandalising Mr Guy's new home in 2009, poaching stags from a nearby farm, killing 19 calves with a hammer, destroying 16,000 litres of milk and burning down a historic duck shooters' hut.
Macdonald was found not guilty of Mr Guy's murder in July after a six-week trial.
About eight of Macdonald's family members were in the public gallery of the courtroom for his appearance, but made no comment as they left the court.
The Guy family was not in court, but in a statement, Scott Guy's father, Bryan, said the sentencing was another reminder of how Macdonald's actions had affected their entire family, including Macdonald's estranged wife, Anna, who is Scott Guy's sister.
"The sentencing today does not give us closure or satisfaction. It is simply a reminder that there are consequences for the decisions that Ewen made.
"One consequence is that Ewen is no longer part of our day-to-day lives," Bryan Guy said.
"He has lost our trust and has hurt us deeply and shaken the values which our family hold dear. However, the turmoil we have been through has brought our immediate family closer together, and it is our future that we now focus on."
Bryan Guy says the family is challenged with building a new life."We are determined to build a future not on anger or revenge, not on resentment or sorrow. We must build a future for our children and grandchildren on love and compassion, on truth and faith."
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