Accused woman's charge upgraded

AMY MAAS
Last updated 15:14 08/01/2014
Mona Dudley
CHARGE UPGRADED: Mona Dudley.

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The mother of a dead teenager who allegedly shot her husband in the chest has had the charge against her upgraded.

Mona Dudley, 37, appeared in the Waitakere District Court this afternoon where she faced a charge of injuring Brent Dudley in circumstances that if it had led to his death, she would have been found guilty of manslaughter.

She did not enter a plea today and was bailed to a Glen Eden address under the condition she does not associate with her husband.

An initial charge of assault in relation to the December 27 incident at the couple's West Auckland home has been withdrawn.

It is alleged Dudley shot her husband two days after Christmas while the couple's 19-year-old daughter was at home.

Brent Dudley was taken to hospital in a serious condition. The daughter was unharmed.

The couple's 15-year-old son, Stephen Dudley, was killed during a fight after rugby training.

Two teenagers will go on trial in February for his manslaughter.

Dudley will reappear in court next month.

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