A mother of two is mourning the death of her father after she accidentally shot him in the head in an apparent act of revenge, a court has heard.
The 22-year-old woman is charged with murder and attempted murder after the killing of the 59-year old, who was visiting his son in a park in the village of Tumtum in New Zealand.
The alleged shooting occurred on July 22 in the town of Kaitaia, about 130 kilometres (75 miles) north of Auckland, New Zealand, where she lives.
The woman, who is not named, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“It’s an emotional day,” she said outside Auckland Magistrates Court, where the charge was laid.
The woman said she was in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend at the time of the shooting and that she was “very upset” when he left. “
The only thing that is going to make me feel better is to get on with my life.”
The woman said she was in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend at the time of the shooting and that she was “very upset” when he left.
“He was a good father and I was very upset because I thought he had moved away.”
Police allege that the woman fired her gun in self-defence after her ex, who lived with her, tried to stop her from entering the park.
The man, who has not been named, said he was “quite shocked” when the woman shot him.
Police have previously charged a man with assaulting a woman in the same park and have sought a warrant to seize the woman’s firearms.
“We’ve had three different attempts to get her into custody.
It’s very upsetting that she’s still on the streets,” New Zealand Police Chief Inspector Tom Kelly said at the court.
“She needs to be in custody and she needs to have her hands behind her back.”
He said he believed the woman had “suffered from some sort of mental health problem”.
The case has attracted international attention.
“This woman has been charged with an extremely serious crime and it’s really unfortunate that this has happened,” Mr Kelly said.
“When we’ve got people who are trying to hurt people, that’s very, very distressing.”
Mr Kelly told reporters outside court that the investigation into the shooting was ongoing.
The court heard that the man’s wife and daughter were also in the park at the moment of the incident.
They were not injured in the incident and were allowed to leave.
“What’s important is that she is held accountable for her actions,” Mr Wilson said.
The mother of the man, described by police as “a good man”, said the woman was “extremely disturbed” when she heard the shots being fired.
“They were very loud.
There was a lot of noise and they were in the middle of the park,” she told the BBC.
“People were running around screaming.
It was a scary scene.”