Killer denied parole again
Almost seven years after killing Porirua policeman Derek Wootton, Mongrel Mob member Andrew Popo has again been denied parole.
In July 2008, Wootton was killed when he was run down by Popo while laying out road spikes in Dimock St, Titahi Bay. Popo was jailed for eight years and nine months after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He had been out of jail for only three months when he hit and killed Wootton. He had a criminal history that includes 83 convictions dating back to 1991.
Popo was denied parole at his first hearing in 2013 and again last year, and failed to gain a release when he appeared in April.
In the parole board decision it was noted Popo had completed a stint in the drug treatment unit despite at times finding it ‘‘difficult and challenging’’.
He was on the waitlist to participate in further rehabilitation programmes.
However, Popo had declined to participate in the preparation of a parole assessment report and had declined to put forward a suggested address he could be released to.
He was not seeking parole, but told the board he would have an address ready for his hearing next year. He has a statutory release date of 2017.
‘‘Given the seriousness of his offending and Mr Popo’s somewhat hesitant progression through his sentence, it is appropriate that the board note that given the time he has already spent in prison, an extended reintegration period when Mr Popo undertakes – if available to him – graduated and supervised reintegration preparation would be appropriate.’’