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A husband who accidentally ran
over his wife twice had only months
before confessed to being blackmailed
over an affair with another woman, an
inquest has been told.
Jon Winskill was backing a work
utility vehicle when he struck Denise
Mary Robinson-Winskill, 58, at their
Canterbury lifestyle block, instantly
Just weeks later, he was back on a
dating website, the inquest into her
death heard yesterday.
Giving evidence at the inquest,
Mr Winskill apologised to the
family for his “very irrational and
No criminal charges have been laid
by police over the October 23, 2013
Mr Winskill admitted under cross-
examination by Richard Raymond,
counsel for Ms Robinson-Winskill’s
family and three children, that he was
prone to flying into fits of frustration
or rage when things did not go his way.
Mr Raymond suggested that was
what happened when Mr Winskill, a
crop sprayer, had asked his wife of 10
years to turn off a hose he was using
to fill up spray tanks on his work
Toyota Landcruiser — a task she was
“ hopeless” at.
“ You were frustrated and angry with
her. You saw her walk past . . . and walk
behind the truck, and in your sense of
annoyance and frustration, you failed
to look out and carelessly reversed,”
Mr Raymond said.
Mr Winskill, who accepted he did
not look to see where she was before
reversing, denied being frustrated or
angry that evening.
He said he has replayed in his mind
“a million scenarios” about what
happened that night and he could not
figure out what happened.
“I don’t accept any scenario because I
just don’t know what happened.”
Mr Winskill admitted under cross-
examination that he had been having
an affair with a local woman about
three months before the accident.
The woman ended up blackmailing
him and he paid her $2000 to keep the
affair quiet, the inquest heard.
When the woman asked for a further
$5000, he confessed the extra-marital
relationship to his wife in order to stop
The “irony ” of the situation was that
in the months before her death, their
relationship had been “very good”, Mr
Winskill told the inquest.
Just over a fortnight after his wife’s
fatal accident, Mr Winskill returned
to a dating website, arranging dates
with other women, he admitted.
“That was just my personal way of
dealing with shock, loneliness and
dealing with what happened,” he said.
“I am appalled with my behaviour. It
was very irrational and inappropriate
and I apologise to any family members
it has caused distress with.”
He said Mrs Robinson-Winskill
knew he regretted the affair and that
he had just bought her a new ring and
they were planning on a holiday to the
islands to renew their vows.
The inquest earlier heard that Mr
Winskill was topping up a large water
tank on the back of the Landcruiser
about 7.45pm for the next day ’s jobs
when he asked his wife to turn off a
tap inside a shed, out of his sight.
Mrs Robinson-Winskill, a “devoted
and passionate” English teacher
and former dean at Cashmere High
School, eventually found the tap and
turned it off, before walking out of the
She walked behind her husband’s
vehicle as he was attempting to park
in its usual place in a nearby shed.
While he was reversing, he backed
When Mr Winskill realised he had
hit something, he drove forward and
ran over her again, senior constable
Warren D wyer said.
Mr Winskill ran inside to ring 111
on the landline at 7.53pm, before
using a cellphone and rushing back to
his wife where he began CPR.
A local Lincoln volunteer fire crew
arrived soon after, closely followed by
St John ambulance staff.
Mrs Robinson-Winskill could not
be revived and was pronounced dead
at the scene.
Police concluded there was no
criminal liability or suspicious
Mr Winskill told police at the scene
he “just didn’t see her”.
“I felt a bump. I got out and there
she was,” detective constable Gabrielle
Thompson recalled him telling her.
She arrived at the scene just over an
hour later and described Mr Winskill
as being “distraught” and “shocked”.
He later told Ms Thompson that
when he asked his wife to turn off the
tap, he added: “I’m just going to put it
back in the shed”.
“S he was always so careful. She
wouldn’t go near farm machinery,” Mr
Winskill said, in explaining why he
had not checked to see where she was
The inquest heard that when Ms
Robinson-Winskill’s brother Lee
Robinson turned up at the Lincoln
property that night, Mr Winskill is
believed to have said to him, “F—,
what have I done? I don’t believe it.
What have I done?”
Pathologist Dr Ken Anderson
examination the following day.
He found blood and air in her chest
cavity around her lungs, along with
multiple fractured ribs.
A severe crushing of her upper
chest was consistent with being run
over by a heavy vehicle, Dr Anderson
The impact occurred at “very low
velocity”, the now-retired pathologist
said, accounting for the lack of impact
injuries on her body.
He also found that she had a pre-
existing heart valve abnormality,
which he mentioned because it can
cause fainting attacks and could have
been a “possible relevance” to the
However, there had been no
documented fainting attack in her
Dr Anderson said there had been no
facial injuries, which might have been
found if she had fallen to the ground
unconscious before being run over.
The inquest, before Coroner David
Crerar, continues. — N ZM E
Man was dating on-line
two weeks after wife dies
Surprise funeral costs for grieving
families means there should be a law
change to require undertakers to clearly
set out what will be provided and what the
cost will be, the Law Commission says.
making sure unclaimed ashes are retained
for at least 10 years, and creating a new
offence for lower-level examples of
improperly treating a dead human body.
That would enable convictions and fines
for behaviour such as the inappropriate
storage of bodies — such actions are
often not prosecuted because the current
penalty is imprisonment of up to two
The law currently does not recognise
a deceased person’s wishes as to how
their funeral should be carried out. The
commission wants that rectified by
allowing people to appoint a trusted
person as a “deceased’s representative”.
In cases where there is both a deceased’s
representative and an executor of the will,
the deceased representative will make
decisions about the funeral and body,
leaving the executor to administer the
review, released today, examines New
Zealand ’s burial and cremation law and
recommends the current act be repealed,
and a number of changes be made.
Trends noted by the commission
include increasing demand for alternative
funeral options such as eco-burial and
biodegradable coffins, and more people
opting for “DIY funerals” — where
families undertake some funeral elements
Dr Wayne Mapp, the lead commissioner
on the review, said the review did not
reveal widespread problems in the funeral
sector. However, there were concerns
in some areas which the commission
believes justifies changes.
“ We encountered widespread concern
about the communication of the costs
of funeral ser vices. Another issue was
that people expected the current law to
provide assurances of high standards in
The Law Commission’s
Death, Burial and Cremation: A
New Law for Contemporary New
Zealand, has now been tabled in the
House of Representatives and contains
recommendations including: Limiting
registration as a funeral ser vice provider
to those who meet low-level conditions,
including that the person does not have
convictions for certain serious criminal
offences, including dishonesty, and
those who have previously had their
licence cancelled or suspended; making
providers provide customers with an
itemised statement of costs before a
contract is signed; and requiring owners
and managers to perform basic statutory
duties, including in record keeping,
super vising unregistered employees —
and making sure they retain unclaimed
ashes for at least 10 years.
As well as the Law Commission’s
recommendations in relation to the
funeral sector, its report covers death
certification, cemeteries and crematoria,
and burial decisions.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Surprise funeral costs
means law change required
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while the condition has seen changes
in his lifestyle, the retired Hokitika signwriter
continues to lead as normal a life as possible.
“I had a heart attack in 2006 and had a quadruple
bypass which knocked the wind out of my sails.
“I got over that and three years later I noticed I had this
little shake in my right hand. I told my doctor and he said
it was an essential tremor, that was his diagnosis and as
it didn’t really get any worse. I carried on but I would be
public speaking and my hand would start to go.
“I was at A and E for another matter and the doctor
there said ‘I think you have got Parkinson’s’. I thought
about it but when my wife had an appointment with a
neurologist and he said I had Parkinson’s, that’s when I
thought I had better get it checked out.”
Kevin got in touch with the MS and Parkinson’s
Society West Coast, which includes those with
Parkinson’s, which he says was good value, and began
talking with people who had the condition.
He also went to the library and began to read the
book Positively Parkinson’s which gave him a positive
focus on dealing with the condition.
“She was a New Zealand author and had interviewed
40 people who were living with has Parkinson’s and
every one was different — that seems to be the thing
“I got on the local committee and we have a very
good field officer here on the West Coast, Belinda
Butterfield,” Kevin said.
“I’m on medication but the big thing for me is
exercise which is the main thing for Parkinson’s. Exercise
helps, the medication helps my lifestyle — I feel better,
and I sleep better too.”
Kevin goes to the gym three to four times a week and
also goes swimming as well.
“I got on to the Poutini Waiora exercise programme
each week which is great. The swimming is excellent
and helps with strength and cardiovascular while
the gym helps with posture, flexibility, strength and
motivation and for balance as well.”
While Parkinson’s has slowed his movement, taking
medication, regular exercise and eating healthy is
definitely beneficial for Kevin’s condition.
“I may have slowed down but I have basically gained
it back in other ways through the exercise programmes.
If I didn’t exercise I would go down hill fast. You have to
find the motivation to do exercise, eat a lot of fruit and
vegetables and keep a busy lifestyle.
“Keeping in touch with other people is important.
The society is very helpful and we have three monthly
coffee mornings and information seminars and we
have the MS Parkinson’s Craft Fairs. There is a lot of
information out there and you’re not on your own —
there a lot of support groups.”
Exercise helps, the
medication helps my
lifestyle — I feel better,
and I sleep better too.
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