Killer back in jail after parole breach

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:52 29/11/2012
wepa
RECALLED: Convicted murderer Melissa Anne Wepa.

Relevant offers

National

Scott Kuggeleijn denied to friend that he had raped a woman Six people injured, including one child after serious head-on crash in Morrinsville, Waikato Woman whose war time romance touched many has died Police recruitment ad highlights number of mental health callouts Auckland's Unitary Plan would take 55 days to read Puppy 'L' named and heading to Kazza's old home Army truck rolls on SH3 near Ohakea, Manawatu Whangaparaoa designer delivers Collection Number One Survey finds 'concerning' senior doctor shortage at Hawke's Bay DHB Drink-drive fatalities up year-on-year in 2015 despite drop in limits

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, but 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 she is scheduled for a remand appearance on December 13 in Christchurch District Court.

She had a distinctive lizard tattoo down one side of her face, but has had the tattoo progressively removed during her time in prison.

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 at Otaki.

Both sides of the victim's heart were punctured by stab wounds.

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content