A woman accused of pepper spraying strangers dining at a Northbridge restaurant launched an extraordinary verbal spray at a magistrate yesterday during a brief court appearance.
Evelyn Mogridge, 39, was charged with possessing a controlled weapon and two counts of causing poison to be administered over an alleged incident police claim happened about 9.30pm on Saturday at the Brika Greek restaurant on Stirling Street.
One woman was taken to hospital after the incident, in which police claim Ms Mogridge walked through an outdoor dining area and directed the can of Oleoresin Capsicum spray towards several diners.
Police claim Ms Mogridge ran from the restaurant but was found in Northbridge later that night.
A can of capsicum spray was allegedly found nearby.
Appearing in Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday representing herself, Ms Mogridge repeatedly swore during the hearing, claiming she needed to be released on bail because she had “elders to answer to”.
“This is a joke,” Ms Mogridge said. “What the f… is going on. I have to go and answer to my elders.”
A police prosecutor told the court Ms Mogridge’s bail was opposed because she was already facing serious assault charges.
When the magistrate asked if a mental health assessment would be needed before Ms Mogridge’s next court appearance, she interjected: “I don’t have no mental health. I think all the mental c… are out there on the street.”
Ms Mogridge was remanded in custody to reappear in Perth Magistrate’s Court today.
As she was led from the court by security, she told the magistrate between expletives: “You are not a very wise woman. You have no authority to speak.”
Liberal MLA Dean Nalder was among about 75 diners at Brika when a strong smell spread inside with people coughing and sneezing. He had initially thought the smell was coming from the kitchen.
“The first we became aware of something was when my wife and another lady started to cough,” he said. “I had a little sneezing fit and that progressed into a cough. Then we realised other people were coughing. It was all a bit bizarre.”