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Naperville man accused of throwing egg at judge in child support case
By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff

Agim Demiri

 

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Published: 3/24/2010 12:35 PM | Updated: 3/24/2010 5:25 PM

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A Naperville man, behind on child support payments, was accused of hurling two raw eggs at a DuPage County judge during a court appearance Wednesday.

Judge Timothy J. McJoynt found 40-year-old Agim Demiri in contempt of court afterward and ordered him to serve seven days in jail.

The judge, though, declined to pursue a battery complaint. One egg narrowly missed McJoynt. It struck a state of Illinois plaque on the wall behind him. The other egg also landed nearby.

Demiri has appeared before McJoynt several times regarding support for his two children, ages 15 and 13, who live with their mother in California. In fact, the judge ordered Demiri serve a few days in the jail in the past for delinquent payments, which at one point totaled $17,510.

His older sister, Shukrije, with whom he shares an apartment, said her brother is not a violent man. She said he is struggling to find work and transportation after losing his driver's license because of the delinquent child support. She said Demiri also often is denied contact with his children.

"That's why he's so upset," she said. "He says why should he pay child support when he can't even see them? He loves them. This has messed up his credit, work and driver's license."

The divorce case, which includes custody and child support issues, is pending in Santa Clara County, Cal. Authorities in DuPage County are only handling enforcement of the monthly $488 payments.

No one was injured during Demiri's courtroom outburst. Deputies immediately arrested Demiri, who did not resist. He later apologized to the judge, but complained about his situation.

Demiri, of the 700 block of Inland Circle, is due back in McJoynt's courtroom March 31.