Hartlepool woman who smashed up ex’s home told to seek help for drinking problems

Teesside Combined Court. Copyright Google Images.
Teesside Combined Court. Copyright Google Images.

A woman who smashed up her ex-lover’s home and car in revenge was told by a judge to seek help for her problems with drinking.

Careworker Karen Sinclair, 42, turned up drunk on New Year’s Day at her ex’s home after leaving him a voicemail message saying she was on the way to do some damage.

He had changed the locks after their break-up, but she still got inside by smashing a porch window with a plant pot.

She also caused £3,000 worth of damage to his Mitsubishi Lancer car, and she was found in possession of amphetamines - a Class C drug.

Teesside Crown Court heard the man claimed she hit him over the head with a kettle, but she was found not guilty of unlawful wounding after a trial.

Prosecuting, Rachel Masters said Sinclair had no previous convictions but she had paid a fixed penalty for an earlier assault.

Gary Wood, defending, said she went to the house in Pentland Avenue, Billingham, to get back certain items of property, but she also intended to do some damage.

She became more angry when she fell over a plant pot in the garden.

He said she accepted that she could benefit from help from the Probation Service with her debt problems so that she could move away and start a new life.

He said the relationship was clearly over and both parties wanted to have nothing more to do with one another.

The prosecution asked the judge Recorder Andrew Haslam QC to impose a restraining order on her, but it was refused.

The judge said Sinclair had clearly acted out of revenge in drink after she ended the relationship because she believed that her partner had been unfaithful to her.

The judge added: “This was in my judgment a nasty and vindictive offence fuelled by alcohol and revenge because of what you perceived in your opinion he had done to you.

“It seems to me that you need the assistance of the Probation Service with many aspects of your life, not least the problems that you have with alcohol when going out for a drink.”

Sinclair, of Hastings Way, Billingham, was given a two-year community order with supervision and ordered to pay £750 in compensation after she pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage and drug