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Gary Edward LADBROOK





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - First person in New Zealand tracked down by DNA evidence
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: February 7, 1992
Date of birth: 1956
Victim profile: Nora Sole, 83
Method of murder: Suffocation
Location: New Plymouth, Taranaki Region, New Zealand
Status: Sentenced to life in prison April 1993. Released June 2003

Parole hearing brings painful memories for family of murder victim

Saturday Jun 21, 2003

Nora Sole's family were forced this week to relive the horrific way the 83-year-old grandmother was murdered 11 years ago.

Gary Edward Ladbrook - who was jailed for life after he raped and suffocated Mrs Sole in her New Plymouth home on February 7, 1992 - went before the Parole Board in Christchurch on Thursday.

Mrs Sole's son Perry said reliving his mother's death was extremely emotional. "I thought I had dealt with things but I hadn't. I just buried it and now it's come back to the surface."

Mrs Sole's family opposed Ladbrook's parole because, they said, there had been no rehabilitation to control his "sexual deviation". Ladbrook - now in his mid-40s - had failed to accept responsibility for his actions and should stay in prison, the family said.

The murder and rape of Mrs Sole, who lived alone, horrified the community. Ladbrook was the first person in New Zealand tracked down by DNA evidence.



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