Remember Victoria Stevens? We blogged about Ms Stevens in January last year. She had just been arrested for contempt of Court after barking like a dog when her Mongrel Mob prospect son appeared on a murder charge. At the time, we reported:
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.
Hulio Ataria was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Mark McCutcheon. A non-parole period on eleven and a half years was imposed on him, which seems exceedingly generous towards him given the circumstances. Mr McCutcheon intervened to stop a Mongrel Mobster assaulting a woman outside a pub in Central Hawkes Bay. He was fatally stabbed by Ataria.
And Ms Stevens and her son had a painful parting today, as the Herald reports:
As Ataria was escorted from the courtroom his mother leaned forward in the public gallery mouthing "I love you, I love you". He waved and gave her the three-fingered Mob salute.
Perhaps if Ms Stevens had manifested her love differently, this tragedy might not have happened. If ever there was a postcard dysfunctional family, this is it.
And just when we thought we'd covered the worst of this, we were proved wrong. We've just watched Ms Stevens perform for the One News cameras after the sentencing. Part of her repetoire was a repeat performance of the dog-barking routine. Here's the link to the TVNZ story. Let's just say this; it made our skin crawl. Check this out:
Sitting in the public gallery while Paula spoke, Ataria's mother called out claiming Mark was a drunk and a bully before guards eventually threatened to kick her out.
Once outside though she let rip.
"I don't give a f*** about her pre-written f****** statement, no I don't, it's all bull****... if the hero hadn't of pulled the gun this s*** wouldn't have happened," she says.
Hulio Ataria is the author of his own misfortune. No-one but him is responsible for him carrying a knife and using it on another human being. But he is also the product of his upbringing, and judging by the public actions of his mother, it was a pretty lousy one. We wonder what HER excuse is. We wonder if she is STILL an invalid beneficiary. And we wonder if either of them will feel anything more than self-pity tonight when the door slams shut on Hulio Ataria's cell.