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That is boxing for you I guess
Joseph Parker named as sports star who police linked to drug conspiracy

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker is the sports star police allege is linked to a major international drug importation and supply conspiracy.

Parker has not been charged in relation to the case.

The former heavyweight champion has fought to keep his name secret at several hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal during the past two years.

Today at 2pm, the Supreme Court ended Parker's bid for secrecy after ordering his name suppression to expire.

The 29-year-old, who held the WBO heavyweight title from 2016 to 2018, wanted to keep his identity hidden after prosecutors named him during the High Court trial of Tevita Fangupo, Tevita Kulu and Toni Finau in 2019.

Despite not being charged, the Crown alleged Parker played a role in the importation of methamphetamine by transporting and changing currency.

Parker has strenuously denied the allegations, including under oath in the form of an affidavit.

"I have never been involved in the importation of class A drugs," Parker's affidavit reads.

"I have never changed or transported money for the defendants. I have never been involved in the purchase, supply or consumption of methamphetamine.

"Nor was I charged by the police in relation to the specific messages alleged to relate to me, after what appeared to be a thorough investigation."

In a statement provided by his lawyer Michael Heron QC, Parker said today he and his family had been placed in a "terrible position".

"Things have been said about me that are quite untrue; some of them have already been proven untrue, and I was given no chance to respond at the time they were made.

"It's caused a lot of stress and worry for myself and my family – and it just seems totally wrong.

"Having said that, I need to accept the decision and get on with my life. I have other fights to fight."

here were two particulars prosecutors said indicated a connection, but the Crown has since recanted one of them.

The first was a text message to Kulu from a Californian supplier of the group, known as "Tonga", on July 5, 2017.

It was to the effect that he was "taking sese and joe out" and they would be changing New Zealand currency for him. Sese was a contact for the syndicate.

While Joe was initially said by the Crown to be Parker, it now accepts it cannot have been him because he was not in California at the time.

Some claims against Parker by the Crown, however, are still maintained.

A later text from Kulu to another Californian supplier, "Coka" was more explicit, stating Kulu had "paid one of the guys I was with today to change [the price] into [US] currency".

The second message read: "Alright bro..I got u tho..have all ur money..the dude I was with that's on my snapchat is going to change it to U.S currency..they won't question him bout all the money..cause he's the WOB boxing champion so pple know he rich anyways so he'll be good to change it with no hassles."

Evidence at trial from Finau's phone also revealed a series of Wickr messages between himself and a user called "joeboxerparker" between November 9 and 12 in 2017. This was later described by the Court of Appeal as "damaging" to Parker.

It has been accepted by Parker's lawyer that joeboxerparker was his client's Wickr address.

Heron argued at the Court of Appeal "[a]t most ... [this] evidence could be used to allege possible involvement in the recreational purchase or use of drugs."

The court, however, said the messages "go further than that".
"However, it is important also to note that it is conceivable that someone other than Mr Parker was using his Wickr account," the Court of Appeal decision from October 2020 reads.

The retrieved messages, the Crown contends, appeared to show the user of the joeboxerparker account arranging for the purchase or supply of small quantities - up to a quarter of an ounce on each occasion - of drugs over the four-day period.

The terminology suggested the drug being dealt was probably meth, the Court of Appeal's decision reads.

Additionally, the joeboxerparker user seemed to be putting Finau in contact with an alternative supplier, the Crown claimed.

"He's a good Dude with the best stuff," the messages read.

"Do you still need a new contact? If so I'll get you in touch today then you can hook it up haha.

"Trust me, it's the best stuff out."

Heron, a former solicitor-general, fought for his client throughout the legal proceedings against arguments by the media and Crown.

He said if named, the fallout would cause almost irreparable damage to Parker's career.

Parker directly or indirectly employs a number of people to assist in his boxing career and a significant part of his income derives from sponsorship deals and merchandising.

The police had tried to interview Parker, but he exercised his right to silence.

A search warrant was also obtained for his house but never executed.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard has said Parker did not receive "special treatment" but added "there was insufficient evidence to charge" him.
Police had also searched for records from the Travelex currency agency in relation to Parker during October 2017 but found none. However, a message from Kulu to Coka, which read his contact "is going to change it to US currency" did not say when this transaction would happen.

Justice Downs said it was not clear whether thought was given by police to investigating other currency agencies. He also said the "timing is curious" when police sought to interview Parker and only a week later told him he would not be charged.

Both the High Court and Court of Appeal also have said there is unquestionably, a high public interest in how methamphetamine is generally imported into New Zealand, including how it is financed, transported and how it is distributed once it arrives.

Justice Downs said in a decision from May 2019 that Parker's "alleged purchase of methamphetamine from Mr Finau was an important aspect of the representative supply charge confronting Mr Finau".

He continued: "Parker's alleged preparedness to buy white pills from Mr Finau was advanced by Mr Finau as a material aspect of his case [that] the charges had not been established.

Again, the judge said, Parker's identity was important.

"[Sioeli] Fakafanua - Mr Finau's witness - said he clearly remembered what happened because he was 'so starstruck'.

The coded WhatsApp and Wickr messages and 'white pills'
Coded communications intercepted by police provided the links which the Crown alleged showed Parker was involved in the conspiracy.

There were several references in the messages to puha (the Tonagan word for box), Nike, T-shirts, shoes and keys.

A majority of the packages included Nike footwear, but also concealed methamphetamine.

Ziploc branded bags, distinctive colours, and packaged cylinders with cling film were used to transport the drugs, the court documents reveal.

"The significance of all this is that the defendants had a system - and this extended to payment for drugs in California," Justice Downs said in his May 2019 decision.

"Mr Fangupo and Mr Kulu arranged for others to convert New Zealand money into United States money and take United States cash there. This brings me to the prominent sportsperson."

The group, however, contested the Crown's case at trial by arguing nothing more than steroids and bodybuilding supplements were imported and supplied.

Sioeli Fakafanua, a witness at the trial, said he saw Finau sell "white pills" to Parker around 2017.

However, no one could say what the white pills were but Finau claimed it was reasonably possible the pills were steroids or bodybuilding supplements.

More Crown evidence alleged Parker was listed as a contact on Fangupo's phone and in the messaging app Viber. Singaporean experts were used to examine Kulu's phone after he refused to provide police with its password.

What they found were WhatsApp messages, which prosecutors initially alleged showed that Parker exchanged and took drug money abroad. This is the allegation the Crown has since recanted.

However, there were still Kulu's messages to the Californian contact called "Coka".

In October 2017, Kulu sent Coka messages about meth pricing and said he had "all ur money ... the dude I was with that's on my Snapchat is going to change it to US currency".

"They won't question him bout all the money ... [people] know he rich anyways so he'll be good to change it with no hassels," Kulu continued.

Coka replied: "hahaha hell year that's dope".

Parker is "the dude" in these messages, the Crown alleges.

More Crown evidence allegedly linked Parker to the group after Finau's phone was examined by police and revealed the Wickr messages between him and the joeboxerparker username.

The messages began with joeboxerparker saying he was in town and had "300 [dollars] but boys have the other so let me know when you can get it".

Finau arranged to meet the person sending messages from joeboxerparker.

The next day, Finau wanted his "coin" and joeboxerparker said he had just finished training but assured him "you'll get your cash".

The account joeboxerparker also said the "boys get paid next week so they'll have $300 for the other one".

On November 11, 2017, Parker's alleged involvement continued when joeboxerparker asked Finau if he still needed a "new contact" and added "trust me, it's the best stuff out".

The user joeboxerparker organised for Finau to meet with the drug dealer and said: "He's a good Dude with the best stuff".

"It's 400 each but the best I've had," joeboxerparker added.

After picking up the drugs, Finau messaged joeboxerparker and said, "sweet ... yeah good stuff".

The account joeboxerparker replied: "Better then last or same?"

Finau said: "Better … 4 ME itz BETTER lol."

Joeboxerparker said: "Can I have a taster?"

Finau responded: "LOL ... gota GET A bag ... NXT ONE I give you a taste lol."

The members of the syndicate - Fangupo, Kulu, Finau and Halane Ikiua - were all sentenced to terms of imprisonment in November 2019 for the importation and supply of methamphetamine and cocaine, and conspiracy to supply drugs.

A fifth man, Shane Singh, was also jailed for importing a Class A drug.


In a High Court decision in June 2020, Justice Mathew Downs said while the police inquiry into members of the syndicate was thorough, "doubt attaches to whether the same is true of the inquiry of [Parker]".
The country's top court yesterday declined to grant him leave to appeal a decision by the Court of Appeal on October 16 which dismissed a challenge of an earlier High Court decision not to grant permanent name suppression.
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Judging by the thread title, Dark has tried and convicted him already.
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Enzedder wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:18 am Judging by the thread title, Dark has tried and convicted him already.
Purely shock value.

Think it is bloody stupid naming someone who hasn't even been charged.
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His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
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If he's connected, i'll be sad to hear that.

If he's not connected, it's sad to know that a section of the media feel it's their right to disgrace somebody who didn't do anything wrong.
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This has been a poorly kept secret. I knew it was Parker at least 6 months ago, if not more.

In my opinion Stuff are to be congratulated for seeing this through. They would have spent a huge amount of money in legal fees on this. It's possible that some of that they might win back in costs but not all of it.

The issue for me is not just looking at Parker, but also looking at the conduct of the police and the prosecutors. The police applied for and a judge granted a search warrant to search Parker's house. Yet the police did not execute the warrant. That is a question that deserves probing.

Also if you look at the evidence of the communications, really it does seem a little surprising no charges were ever filed. I think Stuff have done their job for once.
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JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
You get a LOL from me for that one. :lol:
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JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
:lol:
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Jeff the Bear wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:10 am
JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
You get a LOL from me for that one. :lol:
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JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup:
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GotheCanes wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:57 am
Jeff the Bear wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:10 am
JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
You get a LOL from me for that one. :lol:
:lol: :lol:
'Dad jokes' sure are popular with middle aged men.
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Boxers make mungos look like upstanding citizens
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What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
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JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
That's great :lol:
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deadduck wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 pm What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
The same kind who livestream themselves breaking the law
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deadduck wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 pm What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
Someone who gets punched in the head for a living.

Anyone else thinking Kevin Barry leaving is more running away from a sinking ship he won't get much money out of rather than anything else about training?
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Monkey Magic wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:25 am
deadduck wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 pm What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
Someone who gets punched in the head for a living.

Anyone else thinking Kevin Barry leaving is more running away from a sinking ship he won't get much money out of rather than anything else about training?
Barry is a crap trainer anyway, the only reason he was there was to milk these guys, as he did to David Tua.

But the old saying about smoke and fire comes to mind.
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GotheCanes wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:57 am
Jeff the Bear wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:10 am
JB1981 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:07 am His power has been questioned. Perhaps he wanted to be more like Tyson and innocently said he would meth someone up.
You get a LOL from me for that one. :lol:
:lol: :lol:
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This is pretty disappointing. Regardless of his limitations as a boxer I've always liked Parker. Whether he's guilty or innocent he's always going to have these allegations hanging around him damaging his reputation.
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obelixtim wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:40 am
Monkey Magic wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:25 am
deadduck wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 pm What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
Someone who gets punched in the head for a living.

Anyone else thinking Kevin Barry leaving is more running away from a sinking ship he won't get much money out of rather than anything else about training?
Barry is a crap trainer anyway, the only reason he was there was to milk these guys, as he did to David Tua.

But the old saying about smoke and fire comes to mind.
I agree about Barry as a trainer, and think a lot of people have been keen to see Parker work with someone else to see how much better he could get.

Also agree about the milking part, which is why I think he's flounced. Can see there are no more big pay days coming and now the worries about having his name tainted with Parkers
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Guess that explains why Barry bailed on him a few days ago.

Honestly, I feel Stuff wouldn't publish this if they didn't feel like Parker had at least some taint on him.
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True Blue wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:55 am Guess that explains why Barry bailed on him a few days ago.

Honestly, I feel Stuff wouldn't publish this if they didn't feel like Parker had at least some taint on him.
He certainly does have some taint on him. I recommend reading the decisions themselves rather than the media reports. Particularly the second High Court and second Court of Appeal decisions.

He was clearly mates with these guys - his lawyer concedes the messages were from Parker's account. Equally clearly he bought drugs from them.

Was he intricately involved in wholesale supply and money laundering? Maybe, maybe not.

Did the police investigate properly? Maybe, maybe not.
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True Blue wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:55 am Guess that explains why Barry bailed on him a few days ago.

Honestly, I feel Stuff wouldn't publish this if they didn't feel like Parker had at least some taint on him.
He has just got to get on with his life. The my account was hacked excuse isn't going to work
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True Blue wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:55 am Guess that explains why Barry bailed on him a few days ago.
Barry looks after himself.
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Looks like Mrs Collins won’t be showing him off again in an attempt to court the Pacifica vote for a while .
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Eugenius wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:14 pm Looks like Mrs Collins won’t be showing him off again in an attempt to court the Pacifica vote for a while .
And Politicians also look after themselves. Your best friend during the good times, and absent during the bad times.
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deadduck wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:49 pm What kind of complete idiot would do all that online when their user name is their actual name
Joeboxerparker will be in the after-david.
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