Black Widow’s son high dur­ing crash

The Press - - News - DAVID CLARK­SON

The son of jailed ‘‘Black Widow’’ mur­derer He­len Mil­ner has ad­mit­ted he was high on metham­phetamine when he killed his friend in a crash.

Adam Fran­cis Mur­ray Kearns, 25, faces a long jail term for caus­ing the ac­ci­dent that killed Ni­cholas Brent Morrison in Christchurch in De­cem­ber 2015.

Judge Tom Gil­bert ruled out home de­ten­tion when Kearns pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court yes­ter­day to caus­ing a death while driv­ing with ev­i­dence of metham­phetamine use in his blood.

Kearns also ad­mit­ted a charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death and in­jury to the passengers in the car he crashed, and breach­ing a home de­ten­tion sen­tence by con­sum­ing an il­licit drug.

He has been in cus­tody for nearly a year and will stay in cus­tody for his sen­tenc­ing on May 5.

His mother, He­len Mil­ner, was jailed for life with a non-pa­role term of 17 years for mur­der­ing her hus­band, Philip James Nis­bet, in 2009. She was also jailed for hav­ing Kearns held in cus­tody for 16 days when she or­ches­trated a false al­le­ga­tion that he breached a pro­tec­tion or­der by send­ing text mes­sages. He was a wit­ness who gave ev­i­dence for the Crown at Mil­ner’s mur­der trial.

Kearns was later sen­tenced to four months’ home de­ten­tion for as­sault­ing for­mer All Black Justin Mar­shall out­side a Queen­stown bar.

In April 2015, he was sen­tenced to eight months’ home de­ten­tion for sell­ing cannabis, pos­sess­ing the drug for sup­ply and un­law­ful posses­sion of a shot­gun. He claimed in court the gun was for his pro­tec­tion be­cause he had heard ‘‘whis­pers from the prison’’ that his mother was mak­ing threats against his life.

He was near­ing the end of that home de­ten­tion term at the time of the crash, which hap­pened in a 50kmh area of Wairakei Rd. Kearns was driv­ing at more than 111kmh when he lost con­trol near Todd Ave. The car fish­tailed and slid side­ways, crash­ing into a parked car, and shunt­ing it 21 me­tres for­ward. It con­tin­ued on and came to rest in a house’s front yard.

The left side of the car – where a woman and Morrison were seated – took the im­pact. Morrison, 25, died at the scene and the woman re­ceived a frac­tured pelvis, frac­tured ver­te­brae and bro­ken wrist. She spent five weeks in hospi­tal and an­other four weeks in a wheel­chair.

Adam Kearns and his mum, He­len Mil­ner.

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