A self-professed ghost hunter has denied a burglary charge, claiming she was at a disused rest home checking for spirits.
Wanganui woman Billy Rogue, 28, claimed she was on a ghost-hunting mission at the old Jubilee Hospital in Wanganui on Saturday night and not part of a burglary.
She told Judge John Clapham in the Wanganui District Court that she had no idea what her friends were up to at the hospital because she was busy with her adventure.
Standing in the dock, Rogue was leaning out to the public gallery using sign language to her family sitting there.
The court was told copper fittings had been stolen from the old hospital on Saturday night.
Rogue was at the deserted hospital with two friends but insisted she was ghost-hunting because that was her "hobby".
When Judge Clapham remanded her in custody to February 1, she slapped the wall and yelled an obscenity then called out, "bye sister, bye cousins ... love youse", waving as she was led away.