Black Widow’s son high during crash
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.