Cop-killer denied parole during board hearing
A man who stomped and kicked a South Waikato police constable to death has been denied parole.
Carlos Namana, now 37, was sentenced to life in prison for killing Murray Stretch in 1999.
The officer arrested Namana for theft at a dairy in Mangakino, about 40km southwest of Tokoroa.
But Namana resisted and beat Stretch to death in the struggle that followed.
The most recent parole board hearing was the third for Namana, but there was ‘‘no question of parole’’, the board said.
Namana had almost completed a programme, for which the name was withheld, but was stood down due to an ‘‘incident’’.
That means he will have to repeat the programme, starting February 2017.
‘‘In the circumstances, there is no question of parole today’’ Parole board
‘‘But, in recognition of the good progress he had otherwise made, he has been allowed to remain in the unit until then,’’ the board’s decision said.
‘‘In the circumstances, there is no question of parole today.’’
Namana had previously finished a drug treatment unit programme in prison.
He will next appear before the board in April or May 2018, by which time he should have finished his latest programme and developed a clear plan for reintegration and release.
A psychological report will be essential for that hearing.