A woman who ‘smashed’ three neighbors’ cars in a drunken rage after a parking argument has been found guilty of common assault and criminal damage.
Unemployed Annette Kealy, 56, had consumed wine and whiskey before attacking the vehicles with a 3ft piece of wood.
She smashed two windshields and dented the hood of another car. A court heard she went on a rampage on the evening of February 3 over an ongoing row over parking spaces outside her home in Worcester.
Kealy admitted three charges of criminal damage and one count of common assault during a hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court.
She was fined £200 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the three victims of the criminal damage and a victim surcharge of £34.
Kealy was also ordered to pay an additional £50 in compensation to Michael Breakwell for the simple assault.
Prosecutor Sumreen Afsar said: “Mr. Breakwell got out after hearing his car alarm go off and tried to reason with the accused.
“He told her to calm down and go home.
“He states that she was continually hitting his vehicle, causing damage to that vehicle and to another that belonged to another resident. A third vehicle was also damaged belonging to Mr. Spinetto.
“Mr Breakwell believed he was going to be assaulted, but there was no actual assault.”
Afsar described the incident as “a revenge attack”, adding: “Mr Breakwell was frightened. In an interview she said she had just had enough and damaged vehicles belonging to Mr Breakwell and Mr. Powell and accidentally damaged the vehicle belonging to Mr. Spinetto.”
The court heard Kealy attack the cars because she believed they should have been parked in dedicated bays and not outside the flats in Malvern Road, Worcester.
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Barry Newton, defending, said: “This is an argument between neighbors where she drank a little too much and got carried away and vented her anger on inanimate objects.
“She says ‘I lost my temper and destroyed the cars – that was me. I admit it. I lost my mind’.”
Newton said the couple had fallen out for the past few months and Kealy finds Breakwell intimidating as she is “just 5ft” and Breakwell is 6ft tall and tall.
“She found his behavior intimidating and somewhat disturbing to her,” he said in Kealy’s defense.
He added that there were no allocated spaces and that Breakwell had encouraged Spinetto to park in a bay that had been used by Kealy’s partner.
In a personal victim statement, Breakwell said: “I really don’t want to live here anymore because of what happened. I just want my windshield and any damages paid for. I’m really concerned about this. what it will do in terms of repercussions.”