Son wanted parents killed, court told
A man allegedly agreed to pay a hitman $20,000 to kill his parents, the High Court at Rotorua has heard.
However, the hitman turned out to be a special duties police officer and their conversation was recorded.
Alan Barlow, 43, is on trial with attempting to procure the murder of Diana Noeleen Barlow and Kevin James Barlow.
The jury was today shown covert surveillance footage of Barlow meeting the man he believed was a hitman.
The jurors also listened to recorded phone conversations in which an emotionless Barlow discussed having his parents killed.
‘‘I need to get these two out of my life totally. Gone,’’ Barlow said.
‘‘I don’t want it to look suspicious. Just bang.’’
The jury was told Barlow contacted distant relative Daniel Ryder, a welfare activist, and told him children under his parents' care were in danger.
‘‘I was stunned,’’ Ryder said.
‘‘Alan used the word kill.’’
Unbeknown to Barlow, Ryder reported his concerns to police, who initiated a sting operation, with an undercover policeman calling himself John making contact with Barlow.
Over a number of phone conversations and a meeting at a McDonalds carpark in Huntly, Barlow agreed a fee of $20,000 with ‘‘John’’ to conduct the contract killing.
The trial is set to continue tomorrow.