Slain teen's mum admits shooting dad

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 has pleaded guilty to a charge over the shooting of her husband.

Mona Dudley, 39, appeared in the Waitakere District Court today where she faced 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, in which Dudley was accused of shooting Mr Dudley in the chest.

Dudley entered the guilty plea through her lawyer, Ashley Thomas, who asked that no conviction be entered as they were applying for a discharge without conviction.

The Dudleys' son, 15-year-old Stephen, died in June after a fight at a rugby training session. Two youths face a manslaughter trial in the High Court this month over the death.

Dudley appeared in court supported by her husband and two other family members.

Judge Margaret Rogers remanded her on bail until sentencing in April.

- APNZ

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