A former Adelaide real estate director and pastor strayed far from the teachings of Christ when he deceitfully fleeced people out of investment money, a judge says.

David Owen Parkinson, 63, has pleaded guilty to 59 fraud and deception charges over a four-year period and faced the District Court for sentencing submissions on Monday. Defence lawyer Nick Vadasz said Parkinson was from a “deeply religious” background and his offences “touched on his hopes and aims”. “They were…