Decision on RSA getaway driver's parole delayed until May

Darnell Tupe has been recalled to prison. Photo / Glenn Jeffrey
Darnell Tupe has been recalled to prison. Photo / Glenn Jeffrey

A decision on whether the accomplice in the triple RSA killings will remain in prison until the end of his sentence has been delayed until May as he faces additional injuring and disqualified driving charges.

Darnell Kere Tupe, 34, was paroled in April last year with a curfew and residential restrictions.

He was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for manslaughter and aggravated robbery for being the getaway driver in the December 2001 killings at the Mt Wellington-Panmure RSA.

He waited in the car but took off early as William Bell killed three people and bashed part-time accountant Susan Couch so badly she nearly died.

The Parole Board called Tupe back to prison on January 23 and he is due to reappear in court on April 29 to face charges of injuring with intent to injure and driving while disqualified.

The Parole Board met today to decide whether he should remain in prison until the end of his sentence, which is December 14 this year.

Due to Tupe's court appearance next month the final recall hearing has been adjourned until early May, said New Zealand Parole Board acting chairwoman Marion Frater.

- APNZ

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