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6 CAMDEN-NARELLAN ADVERTISER NEWS Wednesday April 27, 2016 Parole disappoints brother BY ASHLEIGH TULLIS THE brother of murdered Campbelltown police of- ficer Jim Affleck is disap- pointed his killer will be released early. The highway patrol officer was killed in 2001 as he laid out road spikes to stop Tre- vor Holton who was driving a stolen car with a four-year- old girl inside. Jim’s older brother Paul Af- fleck said he was disappoint- ed Mr Holton, who was sen- tenced to a maximum 16 year jail term, would be released next week, seven months earlier than expected. “I was disappointed when I saw on the news that he was being released. No one contacted me to let me know,” the St Helens Park resident said. “He was sentenced to 16 years but no time would have been long enough. He killed a policeman, anyone who does that deserves to get life in jail.” Mr Holton was convict- ed of murder and received a 12 year non-parole pe- riod. Since that time Mr Hotlon had twice been re- Jim Affleck SADDENED: Paul Affleck, brother of murdered policeman Jim Affleck, is disappointed the killer Trevor Holton will be released on parole early. Picture: Simon Bennett fused release. “He asked for parole but was not eligible and it makes me question why he was granted parole now,” Mr Af- fleck said. Highway patrol officer Jim Affleck was killed in 2001 as he laid out road spikes to stop Trevor Holton driving a stolen vehicle. On January 14, 2001, Mr Hotlon drove a stolen car from Moss Vale along the M5 Freeway and the old Hume Highway, reaching speeds of 180 kilometres per hour. Picton local Senior Con- stable Affleck, who was a part of the Macquarie Fields LAC stationed at Campbelltown, tried to stop the vehicle by throwing road spikes across the road. Mr Holton swerved across two lanes to miss the spikes and hit the officer. He fled but was arrested that night. Senior Constable Affleck’s widow Trish Affleck-Mooney pushed for life sentences for those who killed emergency service personnel. In 2011, mandatory life sentences were imposed for murdering police officers. Mr Affleck said his broth- er’s memory was kept alive through a prize at Peakhurst Public School, where the po- lice officer went to school. A prize is also awarded to the highest graduating po- lice officer from NSW Police Force Acadeny. An annual memorial ser- vice is held at Campbelltown Police station on the anni- versary of Mr Affleck’s death. “Jim was the ultimate policeman. His colleagues would always look up to him,” Mr Affleck said.