A WOMAN who blamed her ex-partner for losing custody of their three children broke into his home and trashed it.
Lauren Blaney caused more than £2,000 worth of loss and damage and a judge described it as “a particularly mean offence.”
A court heard that a member of the public rang the police on seeing Blaney and a man smashing a window at the home of her ex-partner, at 8pm on March 21 this year.
She was seen hitting a window with her victim’s guitar and was heard shouting she had found £80. Police arrived and found the front window of the ground floor flat in Rowsley Grove, Aintree, completely smashed.
“There were spots of blood on shattered glass and blood splatters around the address,” said Nardeen Nemat, prosecuting.
The couple had left the scene but an officer in Longmoor Lane spotted them. There was an altercation with her companion during which Blaney left. A rucksack she had been seen with was handed to police and it was found to contain items, including food, taken from the flat.
It was discovered that £2,180 worth of damage had been caused to the property and contents, including a £900 guitar, two television sets, ornaments and clothing. A £500 guitar was also missing.
In an impact statement the victim, 48, who was out at the time of the break-in, said that he had not had contents insurance and had been left out of pocket.
He said had been focussing on seeing his daughters after the couple’s break-up 18 months earlier and was on course to provide a stable environment for them to stay but this had been set back after his home was “obliterated”.
“I cannot understand why she did this, it feels so vindictive,” he said and requested a restraining order.
Miss Nemat said that when interviewed Blaney blamed her ex-partner for her children being taken away.”
Blaney, 29, said her boyfriend smashed the window and once it was broken she climbed inside. “I was still feeling very angry and once inside made a mess and could not stop smashing things up.”
She said she stole food and £30 which she used to buy vodka and to get a taxi and she abandoned one of her victim’s guitars in an alley.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Blaney, formerly of Linacre Road, Litherland, has six previous convictions for 13 offences including theft.
Rachel Oakdene, defending, said that a pre-sentence report revealed Blaney’s chaotic lifestyle but there was hope she could put that behind her. It was an unsophisticated offence fuelled by alcohol.”
Blaney, now of Spellow Lane, pleaded guilty to burglary. The court heard that her partner was charged with criminal damage and assaulting an emergency worker and fined by magistrates.
Recorder Ian Harris said he would impose a suspended prison sentence to punish her and also to try to assist her and added. “If I am wrong you will be brought back here and go to prison.” He imposed a 21 month term suspended for two years and a 12 month drug rehabilitation course. He also ordered her to carry out 30 days rehabilitation activities and imposed a tag for six months between 8-8 am. and a four year restraining order.