Running courtroom commentary from ex-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato’s estranged wife led to a sharp rebuke from her lawyer Thursday during a contentious child custody hearing battle.
Katuria D’Amato, 51, kept passing notes and whispering to attorney Joseph De Simone during the testimony of Nassau County Police Deputy Inspector Frances Bein.
“Stop it!” he finally snapped as Katuria grew increasingly agitated by Bein’s recollection of the senator’s spouse behaving erratically this past Sept. 30.
“She didn’t have a very good grasp of reality,” testified Bein, a 32-year police veteran who’s retiring at the end of this month.
Bein described a bizarre scene where the obsessive D’Amato kept showing police a security video from her Lido Beach home, insisting there were strange lights and lasers appearing.
After 30 minutes of watching, the officers saw no sign of anything out of the ordinary, the deputy inspector testified.
Katuria became particularly annoyed after Bein told the court that most of the woman’s remarks seemed a bit off during their interactions.
“I tended to doubt a lot of what she was telling me,” said Bein, with D’Amato’s wife immediately speaking softly to her lawyer — who responded audibly.
The politician once known as “Senator Pothole” is fighting to retain custody of their children Alfonso, 9, and Luciana, 7, as the couple’s bitter divorce case goes forward.
The children were sent to live with D’Amato after the police visit ended with Katuria’s trip to undergo observation at a nearby Long Island hospital.
Bein testified she was annoyed that D’Amato failed to intervene on his wife’s behalf, with the 80-year-old man instead sleeping in a downstairs bedroom.
“I couldn’t help but think, ‘How long did it take her to get in this state?’” she said. “I was a little angry that he allowed her to be in this state.”