Man ordered to avoid contact with witness in kitten drowning case
A teenager is convicted of animal cruelty, but his father's actions have brought the case back before a judge.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A teenager is convicted of animal cruelty, but his father's actions have brought the case back before a judge. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears first reported on the case of the two drowned kittens in June. She was in the courtroom Wednesday.
While the son has been serving out his probation, the District Attorney says the father has been harassing and intimidating the case's chief witness. She wants a judge to order him to cut it out.
Two kittens just days old were drowned with a barbecue tool in a cup of water by two teenage boys. Neighbor Christine Ohm witnessed the crime, reported it and the boys were convicted. But since then, she says she has suffered retaliation and harassment by the father of one of the boys.
"We would not be standing here today if he would have just moved on, left me alone," said Christine Ohm.
First the neighbor put up a sign facing her house and threatening deadly force. His son's probation officer told him to take the sign down, but then, he put up cameras pointing directly into the Ohm's backyard.
"I've never had a situation where I've had so much known animosity and anger being portrayed to a witness to a crime," explained Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy.
Duffy told the judge the father also purposely drives by the Ohm house and uses obscene hand gestures.
"This has to stop because I have a witness and we have to protect our witnesses or else chaos will ensue," said Duffy.
The man's attorney argued that he put up the sign and cameras to protect his son.
"Protecting your son would not be putting the sign up telling me that you're going to use force against me. Putting cameras up was to say that he was watching me 24/7. Why would his son get in my backyard," asked Christine.
Judge Voy told the man to ratchet it down, ordered him to use a different route in and out of his neighborhood and have no verbal or non - verbal communication with Ohm. We caught up with the man outside the courthouse.
"Did you ever consider you might be jeopardizing your son's case," asked Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
"No comment. Thank you," said the man.
The judge cautioned the neighbor that any violation of the no - contact order could result in criminal charges for him and could possibly land his son back in jail on a probation violation.