20 Dec 2023

Mother of slain police officer disappointed coroner won't open inquest into death

From Morning Report, 7:42 am on 20 December 2023

The mother of slain police officer Matthew Hunt says she is bitterly disappointed the coroner will not open an inquiry into his death.

Eli Epiha is sentenced to 27 years before he can be considered for parole for killing Matthew Hunt and wounding another officer with a rifle on a West Auckland street in 2020.

Coroner Janet Anderson says an inquest is not needed because any recommendations she could make to prevent similar deaths have already been addressed by police.

Diane Hunt spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.