Slain teen's mother facing new charge over shooting

By Jimmy Ellingham

Mona Dudley is accused of shooting husband Brent. Photo / Dean Purcell
Mona Dudley is accused of shooting husband Brent. Photo / Dean Purcell

The mother of an Auckland teenager who died after a fight at rugby training is facing a new charge over the shooting of her husband.

Mona Dudley, 39, appeared in the Waitakere District Court today where an assault charge was withdrawn by police.

In its place is a charge of injuring her husband, Brent, under circumstances that if he died, she would have been guilty of manslaughter.

It carries a maximum sentence of three years' jail and relates to an incident on December 27, where Dudley is accused of shooting her Mr Dudley in the chest.

Dudley did not enter a plea and, at the request of her lawyer, Ashley Thomas, was bailed until next month when she will appear before a judge.

The Dudleys' son, 15-year-old Stephen, died in June after a fight at a rugby training session. Two youths face a High Court manslaughter trial in February in relation to his death.

Mona Dudley walked in and out of court flanked by two supporters.

Her bail conditions state she must live at a Glen Eden property, not offer violence to Mr Dudley or anyone else, not associate with Mr Dudley without his consent, not consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs, and not possess firearms or ammunition.

An Auckland District Health Board spokesman said Mr Dudley remained in hospital in a stable condition.

- APNZ

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