THIS MEDIA RELEASE AND IMAGES CONTAIN WORDS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE:
It is not the normal practice of NZ Police to publish words which may be considered by some as offensive. However, on this occasion Police need the public to see the writing and its characteristics in order to identify the person responsible for it. The team investigating the murder of Scott Guy apologises if anyone finds the images offensive and would also like to thank the public for their continued to support to the homicide investigation.
Homicide detectives are trying to establish if a wilful act of vandalism in 2009 is linked to the murder of farmer Scott Guy in Feilding.
In January 2009 Scott and Kylee Guy were building a home at 293 Aorangi Road. The house was fully enclosed but still incomplete and the couple were not living on the property.
Overnight on 30/31 January 2009 the house was subjected to extensive vandalism estimated around $13,800. This included broken windows and damage to the internal walls and plumbing.
In addition to this damage the phrase 'Fuken Bitch Slappr' was painted in large letters on an outside wall. Another phrase was painted on a wall this time using a different spelling of 'Fuckn'. For investigative reasons the second phrase is not being disclosed in full.
There was a police investigation into the damage at the time and the vandalism has been subjected to a second investigation by the Scott Guy homicide team.
Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger said: "This damage is a crime against the property 293 Aorangi Road. A number of families had lived on that property over the years leading up to the damage and although Scott and Kylee owned it at the time they were not living there. By the same token the wording is clearly personal in nature without actually naming names.
"Extensive enquiries have been made and we have found nothing in the lives of Scott, Kylee or any previous occupants to indicate the words were aimed at them.
"It is important that we find out why the property was targeted, whether the graffiti was just mindless vandalism, or whether it was aimed at someone in particular and is connected in some way to Scott's death."
The writing itself is fairly distinctive in respect of the spelling, the word construction, the use of capital letters and the unusual 'k'.
• Do you know who vandalised this house?
• Is the graffiti or handwriting familiar to you?
• Do you know if the graffiti messages were targeted?
"We need to be able to include or exclude this vandalism from the investigation as it is consuming considerable time and resource that could be better focused if it is unrelated to Scott's death.
"The team cannot afford to be distracted, so if you are responsible for this vandalism and have nothing to do with Scott's murder you need to come forward and talk to us."
Anyone with information about this vandalism or the death of Scott Guy is asked to speak to a member of the investigation team on 0800 808585. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.