Woman who hid evidence in cop killer case walks free

A WOMAN who helped hide evidence against convicted cop killer Michael Jacobs, will be released from jail after her sentence was overturned by the NSW Court of Appeal.

Monica Sampson was serving a three-year sentence over the part she played in attempting to hinder the police investigation into the 2012 shooting murder of Tamworth highway patrol officer David Rixon.

Police telephone intercepts revealed that in the days following the murder, Sampson, 29, instructed the son of Jacob's defacto partner to flush a box of bullets down the toilet.

When officers raided the property, they dug up a sewer pipe and discovered a box of .38 calibre cartridges - 20 of which matched those used in the murder weapon.

Sampson was sentenced in March last year and would have been eligible for parole after 18 months.

The Court of Appeal found the sentence was manifestly excessive and a 12 month suspended sentence would have been appropriate.

Sampson is expected to be released over the weekend.

Michael Jacobs is serving a mandatory life sentence for the slaying of the respected officer and father of six, who was labelled a hero for managing to handcuff his killer before succumbing to his injuries.


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