Compensation for the family of Christchurch murder victim
Phil Nisbet is possible, police have reportedly indicated.
The 47-year-old truck driver's death in May 2009 was
initially ruled as a suicide, but a homicide investigation
was launched two years later after a coroner raised doubts.
Mr Nisbet's wife Helen Milner, 50, was was convicted in
December last year of murdering Mr Nisbet by poisoning him
with a sedative and finishing him off by suffocating him with
Police have admitted shortcomings with the investigation but
Mr Nisbet's sister, Lee-Ann Cartier, wants compensation.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald told TVNZ's Sunday
programme, which screens tonight, that compensation was
"There are certain things that possibly Lee-Anne needs to be
compensated for," he said.
"But I think those discussions are better had over a period
of time with the realities of what things actually cost
rather than this type of environment."
Ms Cartier told APNZ after the trial last year that she
"Financially it's crushed me. It's something that I haven't
been able to let go. I need my money back for all the money I
spent trying to do the cops' job."
She said she spent thousands of dollars on phone calls and
flights to Christchurch to further her inquiries.
"Phil's murder took over my life. I'd constantly be thinking
about it. Before [Milner] was arrested I'd be up in the
middle of the night putting two and two together. I guess it
became obsessive, but I just wanted justice."
Commenting after Milner's conviction, Mr Fitzgerald accepted
the first investigation was badly flawed.
"It wasn't treated as a homicide. Unfortunately, that was the
mistake that was made."
An internal police investigation was carried out and the
Independent Police Conduct Authority brought in.
The IPCA did not take things further but the first officers
in charge of the investigation had been "counselled over
their treatment" of the initial inquiry, Mr Fitzgerald said.
"They were spoken to in respect of their shortcomings and
everything was made clear as to what those shortcomings