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A jilted florist used her car to ram her ex-fiance’s Porsche as
well as his new girlfriend’s BMW while her two terrified daughters sat
in the back.
Furious Tracey Taylor, 34, caused more than £13,000
($30,000 NZD) worth of damage to the luxury cars including scratching
the paintwork with a key and smashing the BMW’s windscreen with a rock.
that day she had attacked her former lover and his girlfriend, punching
him on the ear and pulling her hair after barging her way into her home
in Ratby, Leics.
Then two days later she returned to the
property and broke in through the front door, pushing her way past her
love rival’s 19-year-old student daughter before tearing a flatscreen TV
off the wall and hurling a vase of roses across the room.
arrested she told the police she’d attacked the cars on February 18 this
year because she saw they had a Porsche and a BMW between them when
he’d left her “penniless.”
Leicester Crown Court heard how Taylor had been struggling
to come to terms with the breakdown of the 20 year relationship with
the father of her two daughters, aged 12 and four, and a 15-year-old
Recorder Mark Hill QC, sentencing, told Taylor, of Desford,
Leics: “You were unable to control your temper and your appalling
behaviour brings discredit upon you.
“You displayed a high level
of anger and violence, carried out in the presence of two young
children, causing extensive and serious damage.”
Lynsey Knott, defending, said: “It was a life-long relationship since she was 15.
“She’s a devoted mother, has no previous convictions, and is ashamed two of her children were present.
assisted her partner with the running of the businesses and after the
breakdown was left without a home, whilst waiting for a housing
Taylor received a 12-month jail sentence
suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and a 20-day
Taylor received a 12-month jail
sentence suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and a
20-day rehabilitation requirement
“She was at rock-bottom and is truly sorry. Her doctor has increased her anti-depressant medication.”
court heard £9,800 ($18, 500) pounds’ worth of damage was caused to the
Porsche and £3,800 ($7,380) to the BMW – including key scratch marks.
Florist Taylor admitted burglary, criminal damage and two counts of common assault.
received a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, with 150
hours of unpaid work and a 20-day rehabilitation requirement.
was also handed a five-year restraining order was made, banning her
from contacting her ex-lover’s new partner or her teenage daughter.
ex-partner, aged 40, who runs a car business, asked not to be named,
but said after the case: ‘It’s been the most stressful year of my life,
since we broke up.
“It’s been a complete nightmare with all the
damage, threats, outbursts and driving at me before crashing into the
cars in front of our daughters.
“I can’t forgive what she’s done and I’ve split up with my girlfriend, because she couldn’t cope with what’s happened.
“I hope this case brings an end to the problems and we can move on and work at remaining amicable for the children.”