29 Jul 2013

Gang member who killed officer denied parole

3:53 pm on 29 July 2013

A gang member who killed a police officer has been denied parole.

Andrew Popo, a member of the Mongrel Mob, was sent to jail for the manslaughter of Sergeant Derek Wootton at Titahi Bay near Wellington in 2008.

Sergeant Wootton was run over after trying to lay road spikes to stop Popo who was driving a stolen vehicle.

In Parole Board documents released on Monday, Mr Wootton's family told the board earlier in July that he was an officer with impeccable character and they wondered if the killer was remorseful.

Popo's response was limited, but said that he never meant to harm Mr Wootton.

The board said that Popo has some way to go before it is confident he can be released and must take part in scheduled rehabilitative programmes.

Popo would be considered for parole in 2014.