This is my way of showing my support for and belief in the innocence of Scott Watson of
any part in the disappearance of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope early in the morning of 1 January 1998.
This belief is based on my knowledge of water craft and the relative ease if recognising
different classes and sizes of vessel at night even on moonless nights. Vessels 'feel' different wood to steel. Length
is easy enough to gauge by comparing to the vessel you are in and height by whether you reach up or down.
Direction of travel at night is relatively straight forward in confined waters and speed by knowing the
craft you are in, but distance is a different matter as in the dark we as humans cannot judge distance as our vision
is not good enough to see enough to make comparisons and so make judgements. Guy
Wallace had this problem and also he was being directed as to were to travel so was not concertrating on
time to measure distance.
For thousands of years men have traveled vast distances at sea and arrived where they wanted by dead reckoning
navigation, knowing speed, direction, and time. But it takes a team to do it accurately, and sailors developed ways to do
all three comparitively accurately. Unknowingly on the Naiad that morning was a team keeping a record of those
three things but no one until Mike Kalaugher in 2001 done the maths and worked out where Guy Wallace's three passengers
boarded the ketch police insist did not exist because they choose not to look in the right place. They did not know what they
were dealing with and, it seems did not bother to enquire.
Police Investigative Team Leader Detective Inspector Rob Pope appeared to have caught a particularly
vicious infection called Noble Cause Corruption or more simply tunnel vision and selected a person Scott Watson as being
guilty of the crime of double murder and from January 8 1998 antil the arrest of Scott Watson in Rangiora on 15 June
1998 publicly denying having a suspect and denying Scott Watson was a suspect while at the same time tellling his team and
a select grouping of media representatives (I deliberately don't call
them journalists as they did not do any journalism) that Scott Watson was the only suspect. This allowed the media
the freedom to print within the bounds of defamation anything they were feed by police "off the record" much of which
was false and in some cases although not published was repeated. Some was quite malicious and grossly deframatory to
Scott and his family. Scott's sister was one who suffered a gross abuse of her character and was unable to respond
to the offensive suggestion made by police although they denied it some members of the missing pair's familys were
clear the police told them the story. Conduct of many of the investigating police officers was disgraceful and
in many cases, on the face of it, illegal. Method's used for identification made the Keystone Cops look like the
elite of New Scotland Yard on a very good day. Professor Gary Wells would have a field day with the photo
spreads and witness identification and selection of fillers, not even the suspect looked like the descriptions.