11 Jul 2011

Drug lapse for RSA killer's getaway driver

11:00 am on 11 July 2011

The getaway driver for triple-murderer William Bell has been punished for drugs involvement while behind bars.

In 2001, Darnell Tupe lay in wait while Bell killed three people and left a fourth person for dead at the Panmure RSA in Auckland.

Tupe has about two-and-a-half years to run on his 12-year manslaughter sentence for the crime and the Parole Board says he knows many eyes are watching his progress.

It says Tupe took a step back earlier this year when he was found to be involved with drugs, and had contact or special visits stopped for three months.

Since then, Tupe has given several negative drug tests but has been told he must regain everyone's trust.

Tupe's next parole hearing is in October.