Monday, 15 Aug 2022

Mum smashes boyfriend’s former partner’s window with hammer – in front of police

A fuming mum-of-four smashed her boyfriend’s ex’s window with a hammer right in front of a police officer.

Raging Danielle Kershaw, 24, had a “verbal altercation” with the victim as they rowed before she shattered the glass.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre were told that the woman who lived in the house was a former partner of Kershaw’s boyfriend and had three kids with him, reports Stoke Sentinel.

Cops raced to the address in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, on August 8 after reports her TV had allegedly been damaged by a man.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: "At around 9pm the injured party heard sirens and saw blue lights at the defendant's address.

"At 9.30pm she had a call from the defendant. There was a verbal altercation outside the address.

"The injured party called 999 and police attended her address.

“While a police officer was present, she heard a window smash.

"The police officer saw Miss Kershaw reaching over the fence, swinging what looked like a hammer, and smash the window. She was arrested."

The mum, who lives at Brookwood Drive, Meir, has no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to a charge of causing criminal damage.

Her defence lawyer Kate Preston, mitigating, said: "On this date somebody was arrested for allegedly causing damage to Miss Kershaw's television.

“The police asked the injured party if she could provide a statement with regard to that and she told police she did not see anything.

"Miss Kershaw was frustrated by that. She impulsively banged on the window of the injured party's property. This was not premeditated."

Magistrates gave Kershaw a six-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £100 compensation and £92 in court costs and charges.

Meanwhile, in Australia a jealous ex who spray-painted "cheater" onto her former boyfriend’s car and bombarded him with messages online has avoided jail.

The 23-year-old accountant admitted six charges – including stalking, unlawful assault, and criminal damage.

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