Murder parolee recalled to prison

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A murder life parolee has been recalled to prison until at least next March for using drugs.

Melissa Anne Wepa, 44, had been recalled to prison by the parole board after a drug test indicated she had used methamphetamine and Tramadol.

In the Christchurch District Court, Wepa pleaded guilty to the drugs charge, and was convicted and discharged by Judge Gary MacAskill.

She will stay in prison until she comes before the parole board in March 2019, her defence counsel Michael Starling said.

Wepa was on a life parole sentence for the murder of a friend who had reported her to the police.

Wepa spent 15 years in prison for stabbing her victim 50 times, and was also charged with nearly biting off another inmate’s nipple during a jail fight.

She was paroled in 2012.