A court hearing was dramatically halted when a prosecutor realised that a victim’s alleged abuser was in the same room as her during a court hearing over Zoom.
Mary Lindsey was asked to describe what had happened to her, but she appeared reluctant and downplayed the contents of a 911 call she had made to police early last month.
She had accused boyfriend Coby James Harris, 21, of assaulting her and was being questioned by Deborah Davis in front of a judge.
However, the prosecutor grew suspicious and raised her concerns to the judge, adding that she was ‘extremely scared’ for Mary’s safety.
Ms David said: ‘The fact that she’s looking off to the side and he’s moving around – I want some confirmation that she is safe before we continue.’
Judge Jeffrey Middleton asked Mary and Harris individually where they were and they gave different addresses.
Suspicious at his response, Judge Middleton asked Harris to prove his location by taking his phone outside and showing the door number. Harris claimed that he only had 2% on his battery.
The moment Coby James Harris, 21, is found to be at the house of his alleged victim (Picture: Judge Jeffrey Middleton / YouTube)
Soon after the police turned up at Mary’s house, Harris could be seen on camera with a cigarette in his mouth.
He told the judge: ‘Me and Mary both don’t want the no-contact. ‘I ask that that be dropped. I’m sorry I lied to you. I knew the cops were outside.’
Judge Middleton told him: ‘My advice is don’t say anything else. Take the cigarette out of your mouth; the hearing is adjourned.
‘Your bond is cancelled… In addition, the prosecutor is probably also going to charge you with obstruction of justice.
‘It may be a situation of you and Mary want the bond conditions lifted, you want them lifted, she does not. We’re serious as a heart attack.
‘It’s the first time I ever had anybody sitting in the next room potentially intimidating a witness.’
Harris then attempted to interrupt the judge again, but he was cut short.
The judge said: ‘Don’t say any more about it. Your bond is cancelled. You’re digging your hole.
‘You hit bottom and you’re continuing to dig. Officers are directed to take him into custody on a bond violation.’
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