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Defence case opens in Helen Milner murder trial

December 16, 2013 | By More
Defence case opens in Helen Milner murder trial

[Updated report] Helen Elizabeth Milner’s defence team is calling four witnesses to provide what they call “balance” after two weeks of Crown evidence alleging she poisoned and suffocated her husband.

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Woman jailed for welfare, housing frauds

December 13, 2013 | By More
Woman jailed for welfare, housing frauds

A 54-year-old woman who ran up Housing Corporation and social welfare frauds totalling $274,591 has been jailed for two years four months, at her Christchurch District Court sentencing.

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Misspelling features in murder trial evidence

December 13, 2013 | By More
Misspelling features in murder trial evidence

Police could find no evidence that Philip James Nisbet misspelled always as “allways” as he did on the alleged suicide note that is an exhibit in the High Court at Christchurch.

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Murder trial told of ‘friendship ring’ purchase

December 12, 2013 | By More
Murder trial told of ‘friendship ring’ purchase

A ring seen on the finger of Helen Elizabeth Milner just over two months after the death of her husband was a “friendship ring”, according to the man who bought it for her.

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Symptoms could have been from spider bite, says expert

December 12, 2013 | By More
Symptoms could have been from spider bite, says expert

A defence medical expert has said that symptoms that led to Philip James Nisbet being taken to the hospital a month before his death were more likely to be a spider bite than a sedative overdose.

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Peter Whittall discharged on Pike River charges

December 12, 2013 | By More
Peter Whittall discharged on Pike River charges

Charges against Pike River mine chief executive Peter James Whittall have been dropped, with the prosecution citing difficulties bringing the case to trial.

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Court told of fourth note from alleged murder victim

December 11, 2013 | By More
Court told of fourth note from alleged murder victim

Evidence of a fourth note said to be from Philip James Nisbet at the time of his alleged suicide has emerged at the trial of his wife who is accused of murdering him.

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Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

December 11, 2013 | By More
Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

A detective constable conducted a blind taste test on pork stir fry laced with the drug Phenergan as part of the preparations for the case against murder accused Helen Elizabeth Milner.

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Drug addict gets ‘Golden Bay’ treatment

December 10, 2013 | By More
Drug addict gets ‘Golden Bay’ treatment

A Christchurch judge has allowed a 22-year-old woman to continue with alternative therapy and counselling in Golden Bay that has got her off the methadone programme ahead of her sentencing for arson.

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Suicide note signature ‘did not look right’, trial told

December 10, 2013 | By More
Suicide note signature ‘did not look right’, trial told

A handwritten signature on a suicide note did not look the signature of Philip James Nisbet, his son said in evidence on the seventh day of the trial of Mr Nisbet’s wife who is charged with murdering him.

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