27 Aug 2008

Police death: man charged with murder

2:35 pm on 27 August 2008

A murder charge has been laid against a man accused of driving offences which allegedly led to the death of a Porirua police officer.

Sergeant Derek Wootton died in July while laying road spikes in a effort to stop a car.

The man accused of his murder - 32-year-old Andrew Popo - also faced further fresh charges when he appeared in Porirua District Court on Tuesday, including unlawfully taking a vehicle and driving while disqualified.

A charge of aggravated robbery was withdrawn.

Mr Popo will reappear in court next month.