A furious carer smashed her love rival’s window and damaged a car with a golf club in a drink-fueled incident.
Joanne Tompkinson, 41, had been drinking when she showed up at an address with her former partner’s golf club and some eggs.
The carer used the club to break a window at the Bradwell property before smashing up the car, causing £5,468.52 worth of damage in total, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
Tompkinson has now been handed a 12-month community order and been hit with a £1,225 court bill at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
She was also handed a restraining order which prevents her from having any contact with her victim for 12 months.
Prosecutor Angela Trafford said the defendant went to an address in Lansdell Avenue on April 24. It was the home of her ex-partner’s former wife and he had gone back there after being released by the police.
Ms Trafford said: “The engine was revving loudly. She beeped the horn. She got out and threw her ex-partner’s phone on the drive, along with a box of eggs.
“She wielded a golf club that belonged to her ex and started to smash a Mercedes on the drive. She continued to swing the club at the window in the hallway, causing it to completely shatter. She then turned her attention to the vehicle, causing significant damage.”
The defendant’s ex-partner was at the address and awoke at 7.20am to hear a car outside. I have looked out the window and saw the defendant shattering the window.
Ms Trafford said: “She then approached the vehicle and caused that to smash. She then tried to ram the back of his vehicle and cause damage, but was not successful in doing so.”
The victim said her ex-husband got in a relationship with the defendant after they separated a couple of years ago.
She said her ex was arrested on April 22 and she collected him from the police station the next day and allowed him to stay at her home.
She awoke in the morning to hear the commotion. Ms Trafford added: “ella She could hear a vehicle coming up and down with the horn beeping. Ella She looked out and could hear glass smashing and could see the defendant.”
The police attended the defendant’s address and was ‘clearly in drink’. She was arrested and taken to the police station.
In a statement, the victim said her ex-husband was asleep on the sofa. She said: “She came with a golf club. My daughter and I are jumpy now. I have a constant feeling of butterflies in my stomach.”
The defendant made full and frank admissions to the police. She accepted she had been drinking and saw red. The damage to the Mercedes was £4,808.52 and the damage to the window was £660.
Tompkinson, of Catherine Street, May Bank, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
Robert Holt, mitigating, said the defendant was in a relationship with her ex for two years. He said the relationship suffered and her partner de ella said he was going to stay with his mum de ella. But he went to stay with his ex-wife.
Mr Holt said: “The complainant told my client her boyfriend was back home with her. He went back to the address where the defendant lives and an argument ensued. It was reported by a neighbour.
“He was released from the police station and he went back to his ex-wife’s address. That was a red rag to a bull.
“There was a considerable back story to this with the defendant something of a victim herself. She has acted out of character.”
As part of the community order, Tompkinson must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days. She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £1,050 compensation and a £95 surcharge.
Chairman of the bench, Chris Rushton, said: “It was a very nasty incident, but we also understand that this is a complicated situation we are dealing with.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.