Monday, March 2, 2015

Helen Milner: New Zealand: So-called "Black Widow," is hoping for a retrial after producing three experts who could shed doubt on the cause of her husband's death. Defence says three overseas experts have raised “serious doubt” over whether promethazine was the cause of death. News 3;

STORY "Black Widow appeal in Supreme Court," by reporter Simon Wong, published by New Zealand's News 3, on February 16, 2015.

He applied for leave to appeal her conviction his murder. Milner was sentenced to a 17-year minimum non-parole period in February last year for the 2009 murder of Mr Nisbet, after being found guilty of giving him an overdose of antihistamine. The cause of death had been ruled as the ingestion of promethazine, an ingredient in the drug Phenergan. Both Crown and defence relied on promethazine being the cause of death at the trial. It was originally believed Mr Nisbet had committed suicide, but his Australia-based sister Lee-Anne Cartier managed to get police to reopen the case. During today's hearing, Mr Glover said three overseas experts have raised “serious doubt” over whether promethazine was the cause of death. "Other causes of death have not been properly investigated," he said. The experts, two from the US, including a forensic pathologist, and one from the UK, needed access to the evidence and were so willing to help, they had offered to give evidence pro-bono, he said.
Outside court, Mr Glover said a jury needed to hear the new evidence. "[The experts] have come to the conclusion it is quite unlikely that drug did kill Mr Nisbet and there are a number of possible explanations than death by promethazine, but they need access to the actual materials taken from the body at the time of autopsy," he said.........The justices reserved their decision.
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