Killer back in jail after arrest

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 13:18 10/01/2013
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RECALLED: Convicted murderer Melissa Anne Wepa.

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Murder parolee Melissa Anne Wepa, formerly of Porirua, has been recalled to prison to serve more of her life sentence after being arrested for breaching her release conditions.

Wepa, 38, denies the breach and today in the Christchurch District Court she was remanded to a status hearing on January 31 for a hearing date to be set.

She was jailed for life for the 1997 murder of a woman in Porirua. She had accused the victim of telling police about Wepa's involvement in a burglary, and stabbed her 50 times.

Wepa was released from prison on parole in May after serving about 15 years.

She was arrested in November for breaching her prison release conditions by changing addresses without permission.

The Parole Board heard her case last month and ordered her recall.

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier today told Judge Noel Walsh that the prosecution for the breach would continue even though Wepa had now been recalled to prison to serve more of her sentence.

In 2005, Wepa escaped from Arohata Prison, north of Wellington, with another inmate after using a dummy in her cell bed to fool guards.

She has a lizard tattoo on her face and was said to have Mongrel Mob connections at the time of the murder.

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