The mother of the man accused of urdering Mark McCutcheon has been jailed for contempt of court after barking like a dog, wrestling with police and swearing in front of his widow.
Victoria Stevens, an invalid beneficiary, was among a small group in Hastings District Court to support her son Hulio Ataria, 22, who is accused of murdering Mr McCutcheon on January 23.
Mr McCutcheon's widow, Paula, and about 40 supporters some wearing T-shirts with his image and the message "enough is enough" crowded into the packed courthouse, some having to kneel, others standing.
Stevens, 43, and four supporters sat on the other side of the courtroom.
As Ataria was led away, Stevens yelled, "Love you" and barked like a dog, a sign of Mongrel Mob support. When Judge Richard Watson ordered her arrest she yelled obscenities at him.
Four police officers held Stevens, who resisted arrest and kicked open the doors as she was taken from the court.
Mrs McCutcheon stared calmly at Ataria throughout his brief apearance, while he avoided looking her way.
Stevens pleaded guilty to a charge of contempt of court later in the day. Her lawyer, Rebecca Guthrie, said she was sorry for her behaviour and wanted to apologise to the court and all present.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
More evidence #2
It looks like the title for this post, and one last week which preceded it is going to spawn a series.
Yesterday's Dom-Post carried the sad tale of Victoria Stevens, pictured left being led from the Hastings District Court on Friday. We'll let the Dom-Post tell the story:
Such intergenerational dysfunction is simply more evidence that we are a society headed for hell on a handcart.