[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.
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.
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.
Life had “turned to muck” for a retired dairy farmer who became the financier for a major methamphetamine ring, a judge was told before he jailed the man for three years ten months.
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.
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.
Charges against Pike River mine chief executive Peter James Whittall have been dropped, with the prosecution citing difficulties bringing the case to trial.
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.
[Full report] Sydney resident Iszac William Walters will have to pay fines and costs totalling $11,000 for his “downright stupid and irresponsible” actions in bringing live scorpions into New Zealand from Australia.
A 19-year-old woman will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be publicly named for a blackmail incident that ended with the suicide of the victim.