The HoS editorial:
Another ‘innocent’ man is about to get out of prison.
Convicted double killer John Barlow will next week walk free from Wellington’s Rimutaka Prison after serving about 15 years for the execution-style killings of father and son Eugene and Gene Thomas in 1995.
Barlow was convicted at a third trial after the first two juries could not agree on a verdict. He has had a Privy Council appeal dismissed. The 64-year-old will walk out to the support of his wife, Angela, and daughter Keryn.
The family maintains Barlow is innocent. Keryn has even completed the first draft of a book on the case, which she says reveals some of the torment the family has had to suffer.
As the old joke goes, everyone in prison is innocent.
As for torment and suffering, well my thoughts remain with the Thomas family who lost a father and son. There is no parole for them.