Cop-killer de­nied pa­role dur­ing board hear­ing

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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.

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