Assault accused pleads not guilty in incident with ex-AB


One of two men accused of assaulting an ex-All Black in Queenstown has pleaded not guilty – while the other has signalled he’ll admit it.

Christchurch’s Adam David Kearns, 23, and Tai Samuel Neilson, 25, are charged with assaulting Justin Marshall with intent to injure him.

The alleged incident happened on Shotover Street in the wee hours of Good Friday, about 1.20am.

Kearns has pleaded not guilty and elected a trial by jury in Invercargill. No date has been set for the trial. A case review hearing is scheduled for July 14 in Queenstown.

Neilson has given the courts an intimated guilty plea – and he’ll appear before a judge in Christchurch on June 9.

Both men were due to appear in Queenstown District Court yesterday but their cases were adjourned to the new dates and they remain on bail. 

Marshall, an 81-Test halfback and Sky Sports commentator has previously told Mountain Scene it wasn’t his fault and he was simply a victim.

Kearns is the son of the so-called ‘Black Widow’ convicted killer Helen Milner who was found guilty of murdering her husband last year.