Mother's outburst over daughter's case sees court closed briefly

Protestors and members of the public outside Hawera District Court during a protest in 2016.
PETRA FINER

Protestors and members of the public outside Hawera District Court during a protest in 2016.

A district court had to be closed when the the mother of a woman making an appearance refused to leave.

Patricia Green was angry because her daughter, Paighyn Dyani Green, had been placed in the court cells after refusing to enter the dock at Hawera.

When the court closed for the lunch break, Patricia Green refused to leave the public seating area.

Several people were arrested following a protest outside the Hawera District Court  on March 1, 2016.
PETRA FINER/FAIRFAX NZ

Several people were arrested following a protest outside the Hawera District Court on March 1, 2016.

She was eventually removed from the courtroom by two security staff after being asked repeatedly to leave by court officials and police.

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When court reopened on Monday afternoon, the courtroom was closed to the public.

Patricia Green and several supporters could be heard arguing loudly in the courthouse foyer with police and security staff and haranging staff in the court office.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Hickey said they were removed from the building and the door was locked while Paighyn Green was dealt with.

"Some of her family had to be ushered out of the court because they were disrupting general order."

Earlier, Judge Lynne Harrison sent Paighyn Green to the court cells after asking her four times to stand in the dock.

She had been called mid-morning to answer one charge of common assault relating to an incident in Hawera on February 28.

Green, wearing Red Band gumboots, stated "the dock is for criminals".

When Paighyn Green was recalled from the cells in the afternoon she stood in the dock as requested.

Duty solicitor Jo Woodcock said she had discussed the incident with Green, who was seeking a remand of two weeks without plea. Green had been offered legal representation but had declined.

She also accepted that she would need to stand in the dock when she appeared in court.

Judge Harrison declined to give Green any more time before she entered a plea because she had already sought a two-week extension at her first appearance on March 7.

She noted a not guilty plea and remanded Green to reappear for case review on May 2.

Police prosecutor Steve Hickey said the police had sent the disclosure documents on March 17  to the address Green gave them.

Just over a year ago, on March 1, 2016, Patricia Green's own appearance in court was the catalyst of a protest and riot that saw Hawera District Court closed for several hours and five people arrested.

 

 - Stuff

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