10yrs now? Wow hasn't time flown.
This is what I know of the case from personal experiance. I have yet to read the book or what is on the website. I am purposly doing this so as I (just myself) can see how similar my personal knowledge is to the published knowledge
OK being my home area and being a small community, I know many of those involved. I have meet Scott Watson, but don't know him well at all. The entire Family
tend to be qiet and reserved. I know his Father well enough to say high to in the street and have a brief Talk. Very nice guy, but once again shy, quiet and reserved. He carried out the Pre-purchase Survey
on my boat. I know Guy Wallace. This was the Water
Taxi driver on the fateful night. Guy is a close friend of another friend of mine, so I have metet him on odd occasions. (we are talking 10yrs ago and back to nearly 20yrs ago) Guy Wallace is a smart guy. Very experianced around boats. If he said he dropped the couple of at a Ketch, I can assure you that he dropped them off at what he believed was a Ketch. He describes the boat he dropped the couple of at in great detail. I really don't think he made this up. Yes it may have been dark, but there is always enough light to see a boat you are holding onto to steady your small runabout to allow your passengers to disenbark.
The following few days after the event, many independant witnesses came forth saying they had seen a "distinctive Ketch". All these witnesses gave a strikingly similar discription of it. Yet no Ketch was ever followed up on by the Police. Funnily, we have a blue (was, now white and only purchased it in the recent five years) ketch and we always get koked about owning a blue Ketch.
Another point I found strange was the survey
of the Tory Channel entrance the Polic carried out. A survey vessel was brought in and used to sound the bottom in great detail. The Police said they found many significant things on the bottom. They never retrieved any of those things. Probably next to impossible to do so due to the depth
and the often upto 7knots of current
. But why go to the expense of sounding the bottom and not retrieving anything that looked suspicous. Or was there nothing at all???
Guy Wallace and my mutual friend do not have a lot of good things to say about Scott Watson. He certainly has a seedy past and niether of these two would go out of their way to protect the guy. Yet Guy, being the sort of stand up person he is, still believes the Police have it wrong.
One person in the Watson Family
that is actually very nice, is the Sister. She has a Family of two girls. Grown up now, but only little girls back then. They used to play in their uncle Scotts boat and they used to get told off often by Scott, for picking away at the closed cell foam insulation
he had glued to the underneath of the forward hatch
. The Mother came forth to the Police with the two girls and could prove it was the two wee girls fingernails that made the scratches.
Many years on now from that time, I quite by chance meet Scotts wife. Now ex wife. It was by way of one of my students. I new her name as Coral
Watson and that her Husband was behind bars, but made no connection at the time. She met and married Scott while he was still in Prison. Not sure how that all works, but OK, whatever floats your boat I suppose. Anyway's, the marriage broke up eventually when she found out Scott was having an affair with another woman...(yep while he was still in Prison. I don't know either) Coral
was looking after one of my ex students. Someone I have worked very hard at getting on track with his life. He came from a real crap background. He and his younger sister had shifted to another part of the country to make a new start. Coral had an old shed converted into a sleepout. She had several Kids
sleeping in the shed. Sadly it burn't down and my Student was killed in the fire. It was then during all the cuffufle going on that I learn't that Coral was Scotts wife. Small world.
Also sadly that day, an Mechanical firm phoned for my student. They did not know he had died the night before. They had decided to take him on as an apprentice and were phoning to say they had accepted him. Very Sad.
Is Scott innocent or Guilty, I really don't know. I do have some doubts to his Guilt. But one thing I do know, we are supposed to have a rule
of Justice in NZ that says "beyound any reasonable doubt" (or words to that affect) I just don't see how a jury convicted him when there is so much doubt in the case. Unless they as the Jury were not given all evidence. Interestingly many of the Jury have over the years scince, changed their minds to the vedict.
The story is still talked about here. It simply doesn't seem like 10yrs ago. I still meet people that have some connection to the case and there are many theories. Some a little way out there.