A Tauranga security officer accused of attempting to arrange for someone to murder his parents will defend the allegation at a jury trial this year.

Alan Francis Barlow, 42, of Welcome Bay, has denied a charge of attempting to procure a special-duties officer to murder Kevin James Barlow and Diana Noeleen Barlow.

Barlow made a brief appearance in the Tauranga High Court yesterday before Justice Graham Lang and through his lawyer, Craig Tuck, confirmed his intention to defend the charge.

The Crown alleges that in October last year Barlow approached an undercover police officer in Huntly and attempted to arrange the murder of his parents.

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The Bay of Plenty Times understands Barlow's parents are in their mid-60s.

Justice Lang scheduled a two-day jury trial to begin in the High Court at Rotorua on August 18.

The matter was subject to a trial callover hearing on May 7, with Barlow's attendance excused.

Barlow was further remanded on bail.