Scott Watson

Convicted for a crime that he could not possibly have committed!

"Instead of investigating Police start with the answer and collect evidence to match it." Paul Davison QC

In 1999 Scott Watson was convicted of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope following a New Years eve party at Furneaux Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds (New Zealand). Eye witnesses describe the person last seen with Ben and Olivia in the early hours of New Years day as a long haired "Mystery Man' with several days beard growth. The boat that they were last seen boarding was described by witnesses as a 40ft wooden ketch (two masted yacht) with high freeboard. When Scott was photographed earlier in the evening before going ashore, he had short hair and was obviously clean shaven. His yacht "Blade' is a 26ft steel sloop (single masted yacht) with very low freeboard.

These basic facts were swept under the carpet by the authorities by means of a multi-million dollar smear campaign. This included the use of secret witnesses who were rewarded in kind for their not so secret testimonies.

Innocent Man in a Living Hell!!!!


Scott 

This photo of Scott was taken onboard the Mina Cornelia at about 9.30pm before going ashore for the evening. At least half an hour after the mystery man is said to have been ashore drinking in the bar. He is plainly clean shaven and his hair is very short. When shown this photo at the depositions hearing, Guy Wallace said that this was not the man that he delivered to the mystery ketch with Ben and Olivia. Some of the people pictured stated in evidence that Scott returned to his boat alone at around

This photo of Scott was taken onboard the Mina Cornelia at about 9.30pm before going ashore for the evening. At least half an hour after the mystery man is said to have been ashore drinking in the bar. He is plainly clean shaven and his hair is very short. When shown this photo at the depositions hearing, Guy Wallace said that this was not the man that he delivered to the "mystery ketch" with Ben and Olivia. Some of the people pictured stated in evidence that Scott returned to his boat alone at around 3.30am.


Montage B

For example, in one photographic montage Scott was the only person with tattoos on his arms and this was after the police stated publicly that they were after a man with tattoos.It was with this photographic montage that after four months of trying police seemingly managed to trick a Scott Watson identification out of Guy Wallace. He picked two men from below as standing out more than the others. Can you pick which two they were

It was with this photographic montage that after four months of trying police seemingly managed to trick a Scott Watson identification out of Guy Wallace. He picked two men from below as standing out more than the others. Can you pick which two they were?

Operation Tam 

The biggest and most expensive stuff up in New Zealand criminal history!

Taken as a whole, there is little in the thousands of documents that make up this case to implicate Scott Watson and much that excludes him. There is a picture that builds up of a police force that is out of its depth as it tries to fathom the boating community.



A Clarification of DNA Evidence Given at Scott Watson's Trial

Taken as a whole, there is little in the thousands of documents that make up this case to implicate Scott Watson and much that excludes him. There is a picture that builds up of a police force that is out of its depth as it tries to fathom the boating community.


Case Summary

For a summary of the case against Scott Watson and the reasons many consider his conviction to be a miscarriage of justice:

Essay in defence of Scott Watson


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Prosecute at Any Cost

  At what point in a police investigation should a suspect be considered eliminated.By as early as the 7th of January 1998 Scott Watson was considered a suspect in the OP TAM investigation.


The Mystery Skull

About the time of Scott Watson's trial a female skull was found in the sea off Canterbury. To date the owner of this skull has not been located.

Mystery Skull


Cleaning Evidence in the Scott Watson Case

To learn how evidence of normal cleaning and painting was presented as unusual behavior at the Scott Watson trial.

One of the main planks of the prosecution case against Scott Watson was the evidence of the scrupulous and selective cleaning of his boat. It seems that this was first deduced by detective sergeant Landreth who was in charge of the seizure and search of the Blade from the 12th of January 1998.


Mystery Ketch

Ever since the police investigation began, many experienced yachties have been horrified at the way police have tried to say key witnesses were mistaken about seeing a large older styled wooden yacht.

This is an artists impression of the "mystery ketch" based on descriptions given by some of the witnesses who saw it. The original identikit drawn by an artist commissioned by the police and released very early in the investigation is misleading in some respects but was based on available witness descriptions of the vessel at the time.. There is a more detailed description on the

mystery ketch page


When Prosecutors Lie

It was the prosecution case that the movements of all boats in the Furneaux Lodge area on the morning of the 1st of January 1998 were accounted for with the exception of Scott Watsons yacht Blade. All the while knowing that there was ample evidence to account for Blades departure time as being between 6.30am and 7.00am. But what is unaccounted for is a sighting of a forty foot white yacht with a stripe on it that was seen leaving the inlet at around 5.00am.

It was the crowns contention that every boat that was in the Furneaux Lodge area had been identified

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The jury had to ignore much evidence given at Scott’s trial in order to bring in a guilty verdict. The evidence of Donald Anderson was a case in point.


To read to complaints laid concerning Detective Rob Pope and his role in ensuring Scott Watsons Wrongful Conviction

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Trial by Trickery

Scott Watson, the Sounds Murders and the Game of Law

On New Year"s Eve 1997, young holiday-makers Ben Smart and Olivia Hope dissapeared from a party at a seaside resort, last seen boarding a mystery yacht with a mystery man. Five months later 25 year old Scott Watson was arrested and later convicted of their murders. He is now serving a life sentence.

But is Watson guilty? Keith Hunter is one of the many who think not and in 2003 he produced an award-winning documentary that showed why. Now he goes further, revealing how the jury"s verdict was aquired. He lays bare the misinformation and manipulations of advocacy in the adversarial system of law, turning the tables on Scott Watson"s accusers to make them and the system itself the accused. Hunter asks:

"Is this justice, New Zealand style?"

THE DEFAMING OF SCOTT WATSON There has been a level of attack on Scott Watson that was attempted but never achieved in the case of Arthur Allan Thomas.

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Lies!!!

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To read about the way police manipulated Scott's statements to paint him as a liar.


Blade

Guy Wallace stated in evidence at the trial that the only thing Blade had in common with the mystery ketch was that it floated. Scott is pictured in the foreground.

Guy Wallace stated in evidence at the trial that the only thing "Blade" had in common with the "mystery ketch" was that it floated. Scott is pictured in the foreground.


The Two Trip Theory

At the end of a three month trial and in the dying minutes of the prosecutions summing up to the jury, the police case against Scott Watson changed dramatically.

The Two Trip Theory


The Question Still Remains:

Why was Scott Watson not eliminated as a suspect early in the enquiry when there was no evidence of his involvement?

Prosecute at Any Cost


Dau Soko

Because police knew there was no way Scott Watson could have carried out these


The New Zealand Appeal Court

to read an interesting article written by Robert Lithgow that was published in the New Zealand Law Journal

I have come to see, with unfamiliar clarity, a proposition that has haunted me over that entire time. It is this: the New Zealand appellate Courts do not perform the function that the public think they perform, and which Parliament and the Courts themselves pretend they perform. That is,.they do not, and will not, perform a quality control examination of the trial process and therefore do not, and bluntly refuse to, provide a “fail-safe” mechanism for the criminal process. A “fail-safe” process is one that accepts human and systemic and institutional frailty as a fact of life, and provides processes by which such failures fall into remedial hands.

The New Zealand Appeal Court


NZ Parole Board Decisions

Decision 2015

Decision 2016

Review Request 2016

Review Decision 2017

Decision 2020

Decision 2021

Scott Watson Innocent Man in a Living Hell

Parole Board Decisions


Petition to The Governor General of New Zealand for Royal Prerogative of Mercy

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The Mystery Man

This is a portrait of The Mystery Man drawn by an artist after interviewing Guy Wallace.

This is a portrait of "The Mystery Man" drawn by an artist after interviewing Guy Wallace. Both Guy Wallace who served the man at the bar and later took him to a ketch, and the bar manager Roz McNeilly who also served this man at the bar, say the portrait is a good recognisable likeness of the man. The man was about 174cm (5ft 9in) tall, wiry build, dark hair, weather-beaten, aged about 32 at the time (now aged about 36). Guy states that during the creation of the original police identikit the sketch machine broke down halfway through and that sketch is wrong on several points e.g. hair too short and straight, more facial hair needed (stubble since added) and wrong eyes. He also served this man drinks earlier in the evening whilst working behind the bar. He claims the "mystery man" was drinking in the bar as early as 8.00 to 9.00pm.

Wallace constructs Identikit of mystery man. It is assumed that Wallace is shown a single photo of Scott Watson on this day. From his 11/ 1/ 98 video interview it can be taken that he was shown this before constructing the identikit. Scott Watson is fingered by Mary Hodren a local police officer doc 30915 as fitting description totally

Original Wallace Identikit (Created by police)

Wallace and Furneaux bar staff view TV1 video of Scott Watson and say that he is not the mystery man. Minister of Police becomes involved.

Original Barstaff Identikit (Created by police)

For more detail on the identification methods used by the police in this case go to the Witness Identification page


Witness Identification

Click Here: to understand the methods used to trick witnesses into give false identifications of Scott

The man below was caught on a security camera video. A short while after this video was taken, this man shot and killed a security guard. Look at this man for a brief moment. Then click onto the lineup to see if you can identify him. Having seen the gunman, you should now be able to pick him out from a photospread. In examining the photospread below, keep in mind that the gunmans appearance might have changed somewhat. Take your time and examine every person. When you are sure of your choice, click on the man in question to check your answer.


Secret Witnesses

To read about the secret witnesses and the way they were used to influence the trial:

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Witness confesses:

I lied about Scott Watson

EXCLUSIVE - A star secret witness who told the Marlborough Sounds double murder trial that Scott Watson confessed to the killings now says his evidence was a lie.

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… ‘jailhouse informant’ is a term that conveniently captures a number of factors that are highly relevant to the need for caution. These include the facts that the jailhouse informant is already in the power of the state, is looking to better his or her situation in a jailhouse environment where bargaining power is otherwise hard to come by, and will often have a history of criminality.


The Real Scott Watson

Because of the lack of real evidence in this case police had to create a character so bad that a jury would convict him regardless. Someone who was so undesirable that police working on the case would feel duty bound to make him fit the crime. Someone so distasteful that witnesses would not mind slipping in the odd white lie or exaggeration to help the police rid society of this fiend. Someone so evil that the general public would not care if this man were behind bars guilty or innocent.


In 1970  most  New Zealanders  thought  of  me as the perpetrator of  a double murder. In 1979 I  was  granted  a royal  pardon  -  my innocence  proven. The police  investigation  was  later  proven by  a Royal Commission of  Inquiry  to be corrupt. Driven by  desperation to gain a conviction.  The  police  were resourceful  enough  to sell  to a  jury  a convincing  story  on two different  occasions years  apart. Both would subsequently  condemn  me. Because  of  my  own experience, I  know  that  it  is possible to be tried not  only  by  a  jury  but  by  members of  the public. There are  the pressures  of  publicity  in general  and pressure on the press to get  a good story  out. It  is easy  to view someone  as guilty  from  the onset. This  concept  cost  me close  to  ten  years of  my  rightful freedom. My challenge to you is  to read this book  with an open mind.      Arthur Alan Thomas

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I'm very pleased to announce on behalf of Mike Kalaugher and Jenny Kalaugher that their book "The Marlborough Mystery" is now available on line at this link:

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Ben and Olivia, What Really Happened?

A full account of the trial is given in the book: "Ben and Olivia, What Really Happened?" by Jason Rhodes and Ian Wishart. This book is no longer in print but may be obtained at your local library or a second hand book shop.

Ben and Olivia, What Really Happened A full account of the trial is given in the book: Ben and Olivia, What Really Happened by Jason Rhodes and Ian Wishart. This book is no longer in print but may be obtained at your local library or a second hand book shop.


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