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Cop killer to be released early

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Andrew Popo, jailed for the manslaughter of policeman Derek Wootton in 2008, will be released three months early.</span> © Getty Images Andrew Popo, jailed for the manslaughter of policeman Derek Wootton in 2008, will be released three months early. The man who ran over and killed a police officer as he laid out road spikes will be released three months early after the Parole Board was convinced his risk could be managed.

Andrew Popo is serving an eight-year, nine-month jail sentence for the 2008 manslaughter of Sergeant Derek Wootton, who was trying to stop the Mongrel Mob gang member with the spikes in the Porirua suburb of Titahi Bay.

He was also jailed on driving charges and had a statutory release date of April 12 next year.

He was refused parole in 2013 at his first application but the Parole Board has agreed he can be released three months early, despite being assessed as a moderate risk of re-offending, if he adheres to release conditions.

Popo will be under a curfew, is not allowed to enter Porirua, Tawa or Johnsonville, or to drink or take drugs.

He also won't be allowed to drive or contact non-family members of the Mongrel Mob.

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