Husband-killer Helen Milner had been involved in a
relationship with a man who would also go on to murder, it has
Milner, 50, had met Christchurch truck driver Keith Bonner on
an online dating site before she met her second husband Phil
Nisbet, whom she fatally poisoned on May 4, 2009.
Her High Court murder trial in Christchurch last month was
told that on the morning she claimed to have found Mr Nisbet
dead, she asked officers to phone a man called Keith.
Several references to a "truck driver called Keith" emerged
during the high-profile trial.
Bonner, 54, was jailed for a minimum non-parole period of 13
years in July 2012 for the brutal killing of a former lover
and "one of his greatest friends", Papanui barmaid Tracey
Ms Morris' bashed, naked body was found in the back of an
abandoned car near Christchurch International Airport on
January 6, 2012.
A senior officer involved in the Milner homicide
investigation - launched more than two years after police
originally ruled Mr Nisbet's death a suicide - told APNZ that
there was no link between to the two murders.
"There is absolutely no connection between the two cases," he
Mr Nisbet's sister, Lee-Anne Cartier, who has been praised by
police for her sleuth work in bringing Milner to justice,
never knew that Milner had been in a relationship with
someone else who would go on to kill.
"It just shows what sort of person she is, and how she was
attracted to someone else as evil as her," she said.
Ms Cartier said she had often wondered who 'Keith' was.
When it emerged that officers said Milner had asked them to
phone Keith after she had phoned 111, she just thought it was
"I had no idea who Keith was. I thought the officers had
written the wrong name down and instead meant Barry
Mr Hayton, who moved in with Milner weeks after Mr Nisbet's
death, said during the trial that he is still Milner's
Under cross-examination, he told the jury that he knew
Milner's friend Keith, and had met him previously.
Bonner had been in a sexual relationship with Ms Morris which
ended in 1995, but they stayed friends.
On January 3, she went to his house for dinner.
He attacked her from behind, bashed her head, before
strangling her with her own leggings.
Bonner then dragged his friend's body through the lounge, out
the back door and into her car.
He dumped the car at Greys Rd, near the airport, with the
victim semi-naked and face-up. The vehicle and body were
found by a passing jogger three days later.
The next day he handed himself in to Papanui police Station
reading about the matter in the newspaper".
Milner will be sentenced on February 20.
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ