22 Sep 2009

Man who caused officer's death appeals sentence

6:40 pm on 22 September 2009

A man who admitted causing the death of a Porirua police officer has sought a reduced sentence in the Court of Appeal.

Earlier this year, Andrew Popo was jailed for eight years and nine months for the manslaughter of Sergeant Derek Wootton.

Mr Wootton died in July last year when a stolen car driven by Popo crashed into him as he lay road spikes to stop it.

Popo's lawyer told the Court of Appeal the sentence starting point of nine to 10 years was too high and the increase in sentence to reflect Mr Wootton's status created a disparity with other cases.

The Crown argued, however, that the sentencing judge recognised that the death of a police officer while on duty was a serious aggravating factor.