Statement from the family of Hunter MacIntosh:
Our son, Hunter Arthur MacIntosh, was nine years old when he tragically died
in his bedroom on 30 October last year.
Today is about Hunter. As you have heard in Court he was very much loved by
so many and this tragedy has been overwhelming and devastating to his many
family members, friends and the community as a whole.
Today’s sentencing is another small step on a very long journey for us and
no punishment administered by the Justice system will ever allow us to see
Hunter’s beautiful smile again, nor does it dull the extreme pain we all
feel everyday he is not here. We all miss him so very much.
Hunter now has a wee brother who will never know him and his cousins still
cry when he is not there. Time has not yet eased any of the pain caused by
this senseless act and we still wait for an explanation as to what happened
We would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency responders who
attended on the night of this tragedy and the Police and Crown Law Office for
their assistance since.
Most of all we would like to thank the Otautau community for their ongoing
support and kindness which has been amazing.
Statement from Detective Sergeant Mark McCloy of New Zealand Police:
On behalf of New Zealand Police I want to today acknowledge the sentencing of
Daniel Cameron, who senselessly and needlessly murdered Hunter MacIntosh.
Investigating the death of a child, particularly in these circumstances,
always takes a tremendous toll on those involved and I want to acknowledge
the exceptional professionalism and resilience the first responders and
investigative team demonstrated throughout.
I also want to thank the Otautau community which was instrumental in
investigating this crime and holding Hunter’s killer to account.
However as Hunter’s family have said, today is about Hunter and his family.
I have gotten to know Hunter’s family over the last several months and they
have shown remarkable strength in the face of incredible tragedy.
Today’s sentencing may be the end of the court process but it will not be
the end of their grief. Although I know the result can’t bring back Hunter,
my hope is that it will help them to process what has happened in the coming
weeks, months and years.
I know I speak for the whole community, in Otautau and across New Zealand,
when I say that our thoughts are with them.
I ask that their privacy is respected at this time.