Killer back in jail after alleged breach
A convicted murderer is back in custody after breaching her prison release conditions in Christchurch.
Melissa Anne Wepa murdered Porirua woman Caroline Gardiner in 1997, and was released on parole in Christchurch in May after serving about 15 years of her life sentence.
She was arrested for breaching her prison release conditions by changing addresses without permission.
She said she had moved to get out of "a high-risk situation".
Wepu said she believed she had written permission to move because it had been written down by her probation officer.
She planned to put this information before the Parole Board next month.
Wepa has been recalled to prison pending the Parole Board hearing but is scheduled for a remand appearance on December 13 in Christchurch District Court.
Wepa had stabbed Gardiner 50 times for telling police about Wepa's involvement in a burglary and then wrapped the body in a duvet and dumped it down a bank in Otaki.
She was said to have met the victim in the 1990s while they were both in prison.
Wepa pleaded guilty to the murder several days into her trial.
She was said to have Mongrel Mob connections at the time of the offence.
Nine months after starting her life sentence, Wepa got into a cell fight at Christchurch Women's Prison and faced a charge after almost biting off another inmate's nipple.
In 2005, she escaped from Arohata Prison, north of Wellington, with another inmate after using a dummy in her cell bed to fool guards.