A drunk and jealous former lover rammed her car into her ex-partner’s new girlfriend’s car four times, causing so much damage it had to be written off.
Amanda McVinnie, 30, of Standish in Wigan, was disqualified from driving at Bolton Crown Court today, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The court heard that Mark Ashcroft, McVinnie’s former partner, began a new relationship with Sarah Hynes in March.
McVinnie turned up at 11.20pm on April 15 at a property where Ms Hynes was with Mr Ashcroft. Mr Ashcroft went out to talk her.
Prosecutor David Toal said Ms Hynes had heard a “loud smash and raised voices” from outside, including McVinnie “calling her a s***”.
When Mr Ashcroft returned inside, Ms Hynes could see “blood coming from his nose” before she went outside to inspect the damage.
Mr Toal said: “Ms Hynes heard a car revving extremely loudly outside.
“She saw the defendant’s vehicle, a white Dacia, reversing back at speed. She them saw that same vehicle accelerating fast and driving directly into the side of her Vauxhall Meriva.
“Ms Hynes immediately called the police. Mr Ashcroft went outside to the defendant who by this stage got out of her vehicle and walked up the street.”
CCTV footage from a neighbour’s camera showed McVinnie driving away from the property.
She returned three minutes later, driving at speed into the passenger side of Ms Hynes’ Vauxhall Meriva.
The court heard she reversed and rammed into the car again three more times.
Ms Hynes’s car was “embedded” into Mr Ashcroft’s pick-up truck.
Police arrived shortly after and found McVinnie getting into another car as a passenger.
McVinnie gave no comment when questioned by police.
When she did a breathalyser test her minimum reading was 50, much higher than the legal limit of 35.
In a statement from Ms Hynes, read out by Mr Toal, said she uses the car every day.
“I’m just starting a relationship with Mark”, the statement said. “I don’t really understand why this has happened. We all have ex-partners.
“I’m also now worried about what may happen in the future.”
Ms Hynes has since broken up with Mr Ashcroft after being “worried about the impact and reprisals” of the incident in April, said Mr Toal.
He said that Ms Hynes’s car was written off by insurers, who paid out £5,000, and she has since had to buy a new one.
Defending, Neil Ronan said his client McVinnie had been struggling with her mental health at the time of the incident, and she was “genuinely remorseful” about what happened.
Mr Ronan said that McVinnie and Mr Ashcroft had one four-year-old child together, while Mr Ashcroft also shared custody of McVinnie’s 10-year-old child from a previous relationship.
Mr Ronan added: “He is here supporting [McVinnie] today and they have tried to work through the differences that led to their break-up.”
Judge Martin Walsh handed McVinnie a three-year driving ban and a three-year community order with 40 rehabilitation days.
He acknowledged that McVinnie had been in a “heightened emotional state” when she rammed into Ms Hynes’ car.
But he took into account her “pretty worrying history” of violence – having had six previous convictions, including one for common assault in 2015.