"I want to get these two out of my life, totally gone."
These were the recorded words of a man accused of attempting
to procure an undercover policeman to murder his parents.
The recording was played yesterday to a jury in the High
Court at Rotorua, where Alan Francis Barlow, 43, of Tauranga,
is defending a charge of attempting to procure a special
duties officer to murder Kevin James Barlow and Diana Noeleen
Barlow on October 11 and October 19, 2013.
He denies the charge.
Justice Denis Clifford has suppressed all details surrounding
the undercover officer's identity, other than his operational
John told the court he made contact with Barlow in Tauranga
last October, and arranged to meet him at McDonald's carpark
Before they met, John's car was wired for sound and video.
Those recordings were played to the jury yesterday.
In Huntly, John asked what the problem was that Barlow needed
"I said 'you tell me what it is you want done and who you
want it done to'."
Barlow replied " ... I need them roughed up a bit, I need
them to go. I want these people out of my life totally,
John queried whether Barlow wanted both of them killed.
"He confirmed they were his parents."
John asked for a $10,000 fee, with $2000 up front to cover
expenses. Barlow claimed not to have $2000 available but
agreed to talk with him in a week.
A distant relative of Barlow's, Daniel Ryder, a
self-professed activist against Child Youth and Family, told
the court he was stunned when Barlow asked him to kill his
parents or organise someone to do so.
Mr Ryder said when he first met up with Barlow he introduced
himself as a security guard at CYF, saying he could access
files for him.
At a later meeting Barlow said he knew an unsafe "safe" house
in Invercargill where children should not be. Pressed, Barlow
gave him the names of those running the house, Kevin and
Noeleen Barlow, and that something needed to be done to
organise their deaths. A fee of $150,000 was mentioned, Mr
Ryder said. It was also suggested he beat up a Mataura man.
"I was stunned," Mr Ryder told the court. When Barlow asked
to meet him face to face Mr Ryder said he became scared and
rang the police.
Challenged by Barlow's lawyer, Craig Tuck, that Barlow's
request to have his parents killed was nonsense, Mr Ryder
insisted he was telling the truth.
"I am not a murderer, not a hit man," he said.
"For three days I stressed. I called the police. The police
have done their job."
Evidence given by the accused's mother, Diana Barlow, centred
around the crumbling relationship between herself, Barlow,
and his wheelchair-bound father.
- Jill Nicholas