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
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.