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The son of convicted murderer
Helen Milner yesterday admitted
possession of a sawn-off shotgun
that he got for his own protection
after hearing that his mother had
hired a hitman to kill him.
Adam Kearns, 23, was arrested
in an armed raid in the east of
Christchurch in November after
police suspected he was dealing
He told police that he had the
gun because his mother — who
is known as the “Black Widow” and is serving
a life sentence for the murder of her second
husband Phil Nisbet — had wanted him killed.
“My old lady is paying for a hit to be put on
me,” he said at his first court appearance.
Yesterday, Kearns, who last year won a $55,000
compensation claim against Milner who framed
him by sending herself death threats and got
him falsely jailed, appeared in the Christchurch
Police withdrew a raft of charges and he
pleaded guilty to a representative charge of
selling the class A drug cannabis, possession of
cannabis, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The police summary of facts said Kearns was
at his Southshore home with two friends on
November 21 last year when they caught him
About 1.20pm, Kearns sold some marijuana
to an associate who was stopped by police soon
after leaving the address.
Officers found him in possession of 11 large
plastic sandwich bags amounting to about 300g
of dried cannabis.
Ten minutes later, a female associate walked
out of Kearns’s house and was found with 96g
of cannabis leaf that she admitted buying from
him for $1400.
About 1.50pm, another man was caught
buying a $20 “tinnie”.
Kearns left the house with two females 10
minutes later and was swooped on by police.
A warrantless search of his house was
conducted by police under the Search and
Sur veillance Act 2012.
In his bedroom wardrobe, a
black backpack was found with
a cut-down single barrel shotgun
measuring 52cm in length.
Kearns is not the holder of a
Also in the wardrobe was a
20-litre plastic bucket containing
nine plastic bags of “good quality
dried cannabis head” weighing
A large supermarket bag was also
in the bucket with a further 174g
of similar quality cannabis, which
had not been packaged for sale.
In explanation, Kearns admitted joint custody
of the firearm, stating he had it for his own
safety. He owned up to selling the cannabis, the
Police are seeking forfeiture of $5490 in cash
found in Kearns’ possession after his arrest.
Judge Jane Farish remanded him on continued
bail for sentence on April 17.
She called for reports to consider an
electronically-monitored sentence but warned
that was no guarantee he would not receive a
In November, Kearns — who testified against
his mother in her murder trial last year — won
$55,000 from Milner after she framed him and
put him behind bars.
Milner admitted per verting the course of
justice and was jailed for two years and eight
months when she sent herself death threats and
claimed they were from her son.
Kearns was arrested and spent 18 days in
custody — including his 19th birthday — while
it was alleged that police took 13 days to carry
out a search warrant which would eventually
clear his name.
He has also launched legal action against police
for allegedly failing to properly investigate his
Milner is currently ser ving a life term with a
minimum non-parole period of 17 years for the
murder of second husband Phil Nisbet in 2009.
She has lodged an appeal against her
conviction at the Supreme Court. — N ZM E
Microlight crash witnesses ‘very helpful’
witnessed a microlight crash
which killed two people on
Friday night have provided “very
helpful” information to crash
Veteran pilot Alfred “Jack”
Mehlhopt, 86, was flying the
New Zealand designed and built
Bantam B22 with senior sergeant
Randel Hohi “Randel” Tikitiki,
51, when it crashed on farmland
11km north of Timaru.
They had taken off for a routine
training flight from Richard
Pearse Airport, in Timaru about
7pm, but crashed on farmland 30
Civil Aviation Authority’s
inter viewed several eye-witnesses
to the accident.
“ Investigators have found the
eye-witness accounts have been
very helpful,” CAA spokesman
Mike Richards said.
One more witness will be
inter viewed today.
An examination of the wreckage
at the crash site has been
completed and removed to a
secure local storage facility where
it will stay until it is taken to the
CAA’s Wellington lock-up for
further detailed inspection.
Once in Wellington, the
“painstakingly slow and very
thorough process” of a piece-by-
piece review of the wreckage will
“At each step, through a
process of elimination, the
investigators will be working to
rule out variables as they seek to
find the cause of the accident,” Mr
Pathology reports will also be
reviewed to provide as much
information surrounding the
circumstances of the accident as
At this stage there is no apparent
cause, CAA said.
“It may take investigators up
to a year to work through all the
variables in this accident and to
arrive at a possible cause,” Mr
Despite the fact there are 80%
more microlights on the CAA
register than in 2000, the number
of fatal accidents has remained
constant over the last five years
with an average on one to two
fatalities per year.
There are now 1059 microlight
aircraft on the register.
Mr Mehlhopt ’s family earlier
released a statement describing
him as a loving father, uncle,
grandfather and great-grandfather
who would be missed by his
friends and family.
The New Zealand Air Line
Pilots’ Association in 2012
awarded Mr Mehlhopt with
the Greg Vujcich Memorial
Award for Excellence in General
Gary Knowles said that Mr
Tikitiki’s death had rocked not
only the community in Timaru
but everyone involved with
The men’s deaths have been
referred to the coroner. — N ZM E
“There’s always tomorrow.”
Ivy Inwood’s mother taught her
carried her through her long
Yesterday the Whanganui
woman celebrated her 100th
birthday with cake, flowers and
a visit from relatives.
But the celebrations will
really kick off on Saturday with
friends and family gathering
for a party for the Jane
Winstone Retirement Village
Mrs Inwood (nee West) was
“born in the bush” — as she
describes it — near Ruatiti, the
sixth of 15 children.
“My father was part-Maori
and my mother was Anglican,”
Mrs Inwood later found
herself in Wellington where
she learned cake making
and decorating. There she
had a stint washing dishes at
Government House before
working as a baker in central
Mrs Inwood and her husband
Norm later moved to Levin.
They have two sons, Clarence
and Neil. Mrs Inwood said she
was looking for ward to her
party, which included a band
of musically-gifted family
Mrs Inwood has her own take
“I think I have my mother’s
nature. You know, having all
those children, she was never
finished working. So whatever
doesn’t get done today gets
“A lot of people’s trouble
today is they’re in a hurry.” —
Don’t rush: Ivy’s secret for century
Ivy Inwood celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday with
Arrest over fake call about gunman
A man has been arrested and
charged with making a fictitious call
about a gunman in the Masterton
The call caused the court to be
evacuated for an hour yesterday,
with some members of the public
held in lockdown in the court
chambers and other rooms.
Armed police checked the
A short time later a man was
escorted by police through the
building to the police station.
Senior sergeant Jymahl Glassey
said nothing was found during the
“ It was reported by a member of
the public there was a male with a
gun concealed on him,” Mr Glassey
“ We determined that it wasn’t
“The courtroom was searched.
“A couple of people were spoken
Later in the day, a 36-year-old
Martinborough man was arrested
and appeared in court.
Shannon Hoani Martin appeared
before the court registrar facing
two charges, one of using a
cellphone stating there was a
man in the Masterton District
Court with a gun, knowing it was
fictitious, and another of using a
telecommunication device to alarm
Martin, represented by James
Elliott, entered no plea and was
remanded on bail to reappear
on February 16 to plead to the
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Pair still in hospital after 100m fall
A father and his young son remain
in Tauranga Hospital after falling
100m down a cliff on Saturday.
The pair were seriously injured
in the fall, which happened as
they were walking to Omanawa
Falls — a popular swimming spot
near Tauranga — about 4pm,
the Tauranga-based Trustpower
TECT rescue helicopter said.
Thick scrub broke their fall about
10m from the ground, saving their
The father sustained serious back
and shoulder injuries in the fall, and
his son suffered from serious head
A Tauranga District Health Board
spokeswoman said the 38-year-
old man remained in a serious
but stable condition in Tauranga
Hospital’s intensive care unit.
The man’s 12-year-old son also
remained in Tauranga Hospital in
a stable condition, she said.
It is believed that the boy fell first
and his father then fell while going
to his aid.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
An Auckland University lecturer
Nigel Haworth and City Vision
chairman Robert Gallagher have
put themselves for ward to be the
Labour Party’s next president.
The nominees were announced
yesterday after Moira Coatsworth
resigned following the election.
The president is usually chosen at
the party’s annual conference late
in the year, but Ms Coatsworth has
said it would be less disruptive for
her to step down immediately so
the new president could oversee
any changes proposed by the post-
election review the party has called.
Both Mr Haworth and Mr
Gallagher are office holders in
Labour; Mr Gallagher is current
vice-president and Mr Haworth is
the policy council representative.
The position will be voted on by
electorate and branch organisations
— which get about 75% of the vote
— MPs, and affiliated unions.
Mr Gallagher said he would
probably step down as chairman
of City Vision if he secured the
president ’s role. Mr Haworth did
not want to comment, saying it was
an internal process.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Two seek Labour Party presidency
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