Adam Kearns faces drugged driving charge

Court House-Sept-2013-06The son of Black Widow Helen Milner, Adam Francis Murray Kearns, has been charged with having drugs in his blood when he drove a car involved in a fatal crash in December.

Kearns, 24, was remanded in custody at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today, for an address to be checked ahead of a likely bail application next week.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh remanded him to Wednesday on charges of causing a death while driving with drugs in his blood, and dangerous driving causing death and injury.

Christchurch man Nicholas Brent Morrison, 24, died in the crash in Wairakei Road on December 9.

He was a passenger in the car allegedly driven by Kearns which collided with two parked cars near the Breens Road intersection about 7.45pm. A woman passenger was injured.

Police and the Probation Service both opposed bail when Kearns appeared at court. Defence counsel Kerry Cook began making the application but after it was delayed by the judge, he asked for the case to be remanded with Kearns remaining in custody while the proposed address was checked by police.

Helen Milner was jailed for life for the murder of her husband Philip James Nisbet, in 2009, and she was also jailed for having Kearns held in custody for 16 days when she orchestrated a false allegation that he had breached a protection order.

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