The mother of a gangster said her son is a "demented and demented human being" lost to methamphetamine, but she still loves him. Sam Sherwood reports.
Standing on the dock with a shaved head, arms and tattoos on his neck is an almost unrecognizable drug addict for his mother.
Gone is the handsome 6-year-old captured in a school photo with thick ginger braids, freckles covering the middle of his face and a wide grin.
The man is 37-year-old Kasha William Gosset, known to friends and family as Will, who was imprisoned for 17 years and 6 months by the execution of gangsters of Christchurch man Bradley Alan Lomax with his friend, Cody Derek Martin.
CONSULT MORE INFORMATION:
* Murder accused claims to have killed & # 39; conspiracy & # 39; in the murder of Bradley Lomax
* Men accused jointly of murdering Bradley Lomax accuse each other of shooting fatal shot
* Woman denies late night visit of man accused of murdering Bradley Lomax
* Bradley Lomax & # 39; executed & # 39; for shotgun blasts, says Crown
Mother Kerry Gosset works at a Christchurch Christian Church in many roles. His father, Gordon Gosset, leads the congregation.
Speaking from within the church's foyer, she remembers her eldest son as a "hyper kid."
"He was full of energy and investigation and just followed his father around like a shadow."
The school was never really the Gosset thing. He did not get much in the classroom, but he was great at sports and was a good runner.
Problems began to emerge in his teens when he began to associate with others who were not following academically or socially well. With this, says the mother, came the drugs, which were consumed in excess. At the age of 16, he chose to leave home, finding the Christian beliefs of his parents too restrictive.
DRUG DRUGS TOO STRONG
Two years after leaving home, Gosset was arrested after a "psychotic episode" fueled by drugs.
Gosset was diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis and spent a month at Hillmorton Hospital. Another diagnosis said that he was bipolar.
Kerry Gosset believed that if his son could remain drug-free, everything would be all right. Unfortunately, his addiction was too strong.
"He simply continued to be unable to resist his desire to use, so he just continued to deteriorate."
Gosset's prospects of staying clean continued to decline, with him receiving a series of convictions for drug offenses.
In 2009, at age 28, the situation worsened rapidly. Kerry and Gordon Gosset were running a family business with their son coming and going as he wished. They tried to help him in September after he began showing signs of "delusional" and "dangerous" behavior brought on by methamphetamine.
He would believe that he was the head of a white supremacist gang, thinking that he would be the mayor of Christchurch.
The couple tried to help their son by repeatedly calling the hospital's psychiatric service, the police and the local parliamentarian.
When Gosset was evaluated by mental health providers, they told the family that their visions of white supremacy were their "way of thinking, and that he was not sick," said Kerry Gosset.
"Everything proved to be useless. We just knew that something terrible would happen if it were not stopped."
Two weeks later, he shot a man three times in the chest with an .22 rifle. The man survived, but Gosset was sentenced to six years and six months for attempted murder.
LIFE AFTER PRISON
The family stayed with Gosset during his time in prison, setting up an 0800 number so he could call home for free. The time behind bars helped him detoxify himself, and when he was released, there were plenty of opportunities for him to stay clean. He had a good job and a supportive family.
However, as had been the problem at school, he also now had new associates whom he met within the prison. Among them was Cody Martin, her future homicide accomplice.
"This has been a chronically bad association," says Kerry Gosset.
"If I look at Will's trail, it's always been colleagues. The peer pressure to be the man, to do whatever it is and end up in places that wrecked him where he is now."
By 2017, Kerry Gosset was having flashbacks when her son started to get out of control like in 2009.
"This time we let it roll, it was like what we can do? I did not know anything about his world other than that he was operating in this underworld and he was on a mission, he was thinking of going somewhere this time."
His mission was to buy a home for his partner and his children.
"He was so deteriorated in his thinking … he was not anywhere near where he thought he was. There is no quick way to make money, well, maybe there, but he did not do it so well."
Kerry Gosset was so worried she decided to cancel plans for her husband's 60th birthday about a month earlier.
"I knew he was getting out of control and I felt clearly that we could not have any party while he was crazy about methamphetamine.
"The last day I saw him before he was arrested, I told my sister," Will is crazy. "I could not invite him, and I could not invite him in. He was very unpredictable and I could not the party if he appeared ".
Two days before his father's 60th birthday, Gosset was arrested and charged with murdering Lomax after his body was found on the bank of the Waimakariri near Kaiapoi on September 4.
Four or five months passed before the family received a stream of conversation from Gosset that made sense.
"He just knew he was prepared for big things and was not ready to face what that great thing was, and the enormity of it, when he sobered and straightened up," said Kerry Gosset.
TRIAL LIES & # 39; HORRENDOUS & # 39;
For 12 days, Gosset's parents sat in the High Court while his son was facing trial. They heard him give evidence blaming Martin and another woman for conspiring to murder.
It took a jury of seven and a half hours to return guilty verdicts. The court heard Lomax being shot in the leg with a shotgun and then shot in the head with several strokes of a .22 rifle, before another shot of the shot hit him on the arm and chest.
He was killed with shotgun explosions in both eyes.
The two men denied the joint murder charge and in their statements to the police blamed each other for firing the fatal shots.
"It was awful," says Kerry Gosset, recalling her son's behavior in court.
"I always encouraged Will to tell the truth that's what I really wanted him to do, so I had a great deal of dismay when I realized he was not being honest. He was in that role to make the story the way he needed to do it to try to get out of the accusations. "
She never believed that her son was innocent.
"I was extremely impressed with the lawsuit and must thank the verdict for what happened because I believed it was the right verdict."
Kerry Gosset has not spoken to her son since the verdict, unhappy with her actions in court.
She sent him a message of arrest saying that there was no day where he was not thought or prayed, but that she was cutting the contact between them.
"Our biological ties make us family by blood, but the road you've chosen has created a huge chasm," she wrote.
"Until now I just wanted to try to solve this, but I'm not sure I know more."
Kerry Gosset said the phone line would be connected if he wanted to call and called to tell the truth about what happened.
"You are not forgotten and you are loved, you are only lost to me unless you want to be found." To be found means to take ownership of what you need is the only way to go I look forward to the day when you do and I will continue to wait and pray for you to do it, "she wrote.
"I love you mom."
YOU WILL BE & GOD & # 39;
In Monday's ruling, Gosset's lawyer, James Rapley QC, called for a lower starting point for the non-parole mandate, saying Gosset could also be a good, loving person to his children.
The court was briefed on Lomax's son, now seven, who had taught him to fish, play a ball and play video games. "He asks why his father can never come back. It's been very difficult to explain why we can not make it happen."
Judge Cameron Mander said the duo had taken Lomax to the riverbed for a "one-way trip" because they planned damages to him or because of drug trafficking.
He said they "effectively executed" the Lomax, and both admitted being under the influence of methamphetamine the night of the murder.
With his son behind bars for at least the next 17 years, Kerry Gosset starts crying while talking about his love for him.
She blames methamphetamine for turning her son into a killer and believes he would not be in prison if the family had received more support to keep him clean.
"This person is not the person we consider our son … [he’s] a very insane and crazed human being. We know a different Will … he's gone. "