Eugene Thomas's pocket diary revealed he had scheduled an appointment with a businessman named John Barlow for 6 pm on the day of the murders. Barlow claimed that he had set up the after-hours meeting to make a business proposal to the Thomases regarding their business in reverse annuity mortgages. He said that upon arriving at the Thomases' office at around pm he had taken the lift up to the third floor of Invincible House where he was met by Gene Thomas.
Thomas apologized to Barlow for the fact his father was occupied with someone else in another meeting and suggested that they wait in the boardroom. Eugene Thomas called his son into his office. When he returned, he asked Barlow to wait outside, as they needed the boardroom. Barlow suspected that the Thomases did not want him in the boardroom in case he overheard something. Barlow said he waited in the reception area until Thomas Junior came out and apologized, saying that they were "trying to get rid of" the person they were talking to, but didn't know how long that would take.
Barlow said he waited another ten minutes before he left and started to drive home at about pm. When he was halfway home, Barlow changed his mind and decided to return to the office to try and talk to the Thomases about his business idea. He arrived back at their office at around pm. As he arrived at their office, Eugene Thomas called out "Is that you, John?
Barlow claimed he did not see or hear anyone else. Barlow mentioned that he saw an Asian boy cleaning the steps on the way out, and they said hello to one another. The following evening, 18 February, Barlow presented himself at the Wellington Central Police station to volunteer a second statement, saying he had not been entirely truthful in his first statement. In his second statement Barlow claimed that after being told by Gene Thomas that there would not be a meeting, he had driven halfway home before deciding to return to try and talk with Eugene Thomas, as he had in his previous statement.
However, when he got to the office he saw Gene's body inside the reception area.
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Barlow said he opened the door and saw that Thomas Junior was dead and there was blood everywhere. Barlow then entered the boardroom where he saw Eugene lying back in his chair. There was blood on his face and a telephone receiver in his hand. Barlow said that he did not touch either of the bodies.
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He said he then left the building, saying hello to the Asian cleaner on his way out. This would have been about pm.
He said that he did not tell the police everything in his first statement because he was in "extreme shock" and was fearful of being blamed. The police were skeptical of Barlow's statements. After a press conference about the case, an associate of Barlow's approached the police. This associate, who became a secret witness at Barlow's trials, agreed to wear a hidden microphone to record conversation with Barlow in the hope he might make incriminating statements. Barlow was arrested on 23 June , about 18 weeks after the killings. It lasted three weeks.
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Barlow pleaded not guilty to the charge of double murder. The prosecution's case was that Barlow went to the meeting with the Thomases that was arranged for pm on Wednesday, 16 February. No—I want to keep shopping. Order by , and we can deliver your NextDay items by. In your cart, save the other item s for later in order to get NextDay delivery.
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