Tears roll in court as defendant’s supporters crowd court
THE courtroom swelled with family and friends of Donald Neil Gordon, who fronted Grafton Local Court on charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and murder.
The additional murder charge was added just hours before Gordon appeared in court yesterday.
It came after a man was found dead and bloodied in a ditch at Baryulgil last Thursday, allegedly run down by a heavily intoxicated Gordon.
The 42-year-old Coffs Harbour man had his matter adjourned to January 13 for mention to allow his defence lawyers time to prepare, given the new charge.
About 30 family members and friends filled the public gallery of the court and voiced their support to the accused as he was taken back into custody, where he will remain until his next appearance.
Shouts of "I love you Dad" and "we're here for you brother" came from the crowd as Gordon was taken away by police officers, tears rolling down his face.
In a statement of facts tendered to the court last Friday, police claimed Gordon, the victim and two other men were drinking at a Baryulgil property on the night of November 6.
At 1.45pm the next day, Gordon attended the crime scene and allegedly admitted to running over the victim, a male in his 30s, with his vehicle.
Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.