Killer de­nied pa­role again

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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.’’

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