Planning to murder parents gets man 11 months in the naughty corner

Ben Bathgate updates us on the genius that tried to hire an undercover cop to off his mum and dad

Alan Barlow has been given 11 months’ home detention for trying to recruit a hitman to murder his parents.

The sentence was handed down in the High Court in Rotorua this morning, with the judge saying it reflected a dysfunctional family background, and the fact that Barlow was no threat to any other member of the public.

It had taken a jury last month less than an hour to find Barlow guilty of trying to procure a hitman to kill his parents Diana Noeleen Barlow and Kevin James Barlow.

Over two days the court heard a story of toxic family relations, property disputes and eventually, a plan to conduct two murders.

At the trial, the court was told the murder-for-hire plot started in August last year when Barlow contacted a distant relative via Facebook.

Aware of the relative’s anti-CYFs activism, and believing he had underworld contacts, Barlow provided him with the names of his parents and alleged they were mistreating children in their care.

“Alan used the word kill,” the relative told the court.

“At this stage I got scared. I’m not a murderer, not a hitman, so I called the police.”

His call to the police set the wheels in motion for a sting operation involving an undercover special operations policeman who contacted Barlow via phone, a conversation the police recorded and played to the jury.

Not jut dysfunctional, also very, very stupid.  

Over the course of subsequent phone conversations, all recorded by the police, Barlow explained to ‘John’ just what he wanted.

“I need these two out of my life totally. Gone,” he said. ”I don’t want it to look suspicious. Just bang.”

The court was also shown covert surveillance film of a meeting between ‘John’ and Barlow, recorded in ‘John’s’ car at the McDonald’s carpark in Huntly.

During that meeting Barlow provided ‘John’ with a hand drawn map of his parents home, marked with an X for their bedroom, and he offered information on his parents’ movements, health and the lack of security at the property.

When asked whether the killings should be quick and painless, or slow and painful, Barlow said he wanted the murders to look “accidental”.

Diana Barlow had told the court their relationship had broken down over money.

Her son was aware of the contents of his parents’ will, which left the house to him, she said.

11 months home detention for that?   I realise that he’s unlikely to off members of the public, but it hardly seems like a reasonable set of consequences for trying to have your own mum and dad murdered because you want their money.

Home detention doesn’t seem much of a punishment.  With Sky and the Internet and access to the library electronically, he’ll just have a quiet 11 months.

Hope his parents have changed their will to pay him $1.

 

– Stuff


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