Claude David Parker
From the Evening Standard 16th December 2000
A man with 101 criminal convictions spanning 15 years still had "a lot of good" in him, the Palmerston North District Court was told yesterday. Claude David Parker, 34, made the claim while appearing before Judge Barry Lovegrove for sentence on charges of refusing to give a blood sample, dangerous driving, refusing to comply with an officer's directions, driving while disqualified, escaping police custody, using a document to gain a pecuniary advantage, possession of cannabis oil and being unlawfully in a yard.
In addressing the judge himself, Parker asked that his sentence be suspended, despite already serving a suspended sentence imposed on November 12, 1999, for various charges including burglary. He acknowledged that his compliance with community-based sentences "had not been that good", but said prison hadn't worked either.
"I've spent too much time in jail and I now want to get help for my alcohol and drug problem. Prison is not helping," he told Judge Lovegrove. "There's a lot of good in me you probably don't know." Judge Lovegrove accepted that while Parker had some good qualities, he had no choice but to activate the 12 and six month jail sentences previously imposed but suspended for two years, to be served cumulatively.
"You've asked me to give you another chance, but I can't do that, because that chance was given to you on the 12th of November 1999," he said. In noting Parker's record, Judge Lovegrove said it included 11 drink-driving convictions, six for driving while disqualified, four for misuse of drugs, three for dangerous driving, two of escaping from police custody and 41 involving dishonesty. "If anyone has been responsible for you going to jail, it is you," he told Parker
From the Evening Standard 14th July 1997
A ride home from a city bar turned into an ordeal for a young woman and resulted in Claude David Parker, 29, unemployed, being jailed for three-and-a-half years when he appeared in Palmerston North District Court on Friday. A jury had previously found Parker guilty of abduction with intent.
The court had heard how Parker and an associate had befriended the young woman at a city bar and gone with her to a second bar. When she got into the car to accept the offer of a ride home, Parker's character changed dramatically. Recounting the case, Judge Christopher Harding said she had been told by Parker a lot of money had been spent on drinks and she had better be nice to him. With the associate driving, she had been taken to a city park. Parker and the associate left her in the car while they talked for a few minutes, then
Parker returned and began molesting and kissing the woman against her will. At that point the arrival of a police dog handler on the scene brought matters to a halt. The woman was severely distressed, to the point of being incoherent, the judge said. The victim impact report showed long-term effects. A pre-sentence probation report recommended a community programme for Parker, strongly supported by his counsel, Kevin Campbell, who said no physical harm had come to the victim. Judge Harding said he was "entirely unable" to accept the recommendation. The victim had been severely traumatised, was unable to work and suffered recurrent nightmares since the attack.
Date of Birth
Raped and assaulted a young woman after invading her home in October 1996
A lengthy list of previous convictions for kidnapping, driving while disqualified, escaping police custody, using a document to gain a pecuniary advantage, possession of cannabis oil and being unlawfully in a yard
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced by the Gisborne High Court to 12 years in March 2003
This 8 year non-parole period later reduced to 6 years on appeal
Eligible for parole June 2008
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