Jail for tampering with crime scene

  • 20/11/2015

A Wellington woman whose daughter is charged with murder has been jailed for seven months after failing to abide by her home detention and community work penalties for tampering with a crime scene.

In May, Kelly Kirk, 39, was sentenced to eight months' home detention and 160 hours of community work in relation to the February shooting death of Adam Watkins in Lower Hutt.

Her 19-year-old daughter Darryll has pleaded not guilty to murdering 39-year-old Watkins but Kirk admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by interfering with evidence at a murder scene.

However, Kirk was back in the High Court at Wellington today.

The court was told Kirk had repeatedly failed to comply with her sentence, completing just 47.5 hours of community work when she should have done 100 hours and breached home detention five times.

Kirk's drug addiction was blamed for the failure.

Justice David Collins calculated that the remaining hours of community work and one-and-a-half months of home detention equated to a cumulative sentence of seven months' jail.