The partner of a police officer killed by a member of the Mongrel Mob believes her husband's killer will reoffend.
In July 2008, 53-year-old Porirua policeman Derek Wootton was killed when he was run down by Andrew Popo while he laid out road spikes in Dimock St, Titahi Bay.
In 2009 Popo was jailed for eight years and nine months after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
The long-term Mongrel Mob member had a history of violence and had been out of jail for only three months when he hit and killed Wootton.
His criminal history includes 54 previous convictions and six stints in jail.
On Friday Wootton's long-time partner Bronwyn Hewitt said she believed Popo would offend again.
"Of course he will reoffend again. We did our best to keep him in there," she said.
"The sentence still was not long enough, but I can live with that.
"He has done what he has done, but I have still my life sentence." Ad Feedback
Now Popo is to be released she would focus her energy towards her family, Hewitt said.
"Instead of focusing on the Parole Board hearing every year I will focus on my granddaughters."
"I will move on, it is still very hard to think that he got off with 8-years and we are still missing Derek everyday.
"He was my soul mate and nothing can replace that."
Popo was denied parole at his first hearing in 2013 and again in 2014 and 2015.
In the Parole Board decision Popo was assessed by a psychologist as being at moderate risk of re-offending.
He has also completed a drug treatment programme and developed a relapse prevention plan.
There were no issues with his compliance or conduct in prison.
He would have been due for release in April, but the decision stated that "The Board has reached the view that for the final three months of his sentence, Mr Popo's release would not pose an undue risk to the safety of the community provided he adheres to his release conditions". His exact release date was withheld in the written decision.
Some of the special conditions of Popo's release include that he not contact Wootton's family, not associate with the Mongrel Mob, not drink or do drugs and stay out Porirua and the northern Wellington suburbs of Johnsonville and Tawa.
In 2008 Wootton's family were outraged by what they saw as a light sentence for Popo.
"I'm disgusted with the sentence. I guess it's not the right thing to say, but my brother's life is obviously very, very cheap," his younger brother Dave Wootton said at the time.
Date of Birth
1976 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sergeant Derek Wootton
Released from a 3 month sentence for a previous assault
Sentenced to 8 years 9 months with a 5 year minimum non-parole period in May 2009
Unsuccessfully appealed this sentence in September 2009
Parole declined June 2014
Has next hearing June 2015
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Andrew Popo Appeal Notes
Andrew Popo Sentencing Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|28-5-2009||Sentencing||High Court Wellington||Manslaughter||11-7-2008||8 Years, 9 Months, Imprisonment||▼|