"He said 'Her temper got the better of her,' when she caused the damage but added she had enrolled on a stress and anger management course."
Trowbridge mum smashed window at ex-partner's home
11:53am Monday 1st November 2010
A young Trowbridge mum who smashed the window at her former partner’s home after losing her temper has been put on a conditional discharge by a judge.
Rebecca Yendle had also been accused of burglary but prosecutors dropped the charge after hearing the items taken were hers and she had permission to be in the flat.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that there had been a background to the case where the 20-year-old had been in a relationship with Danny Amoroso.
The court heard it had been tempestuous at times and there had been a long running dispute leading up to the incident.
On Sunday May 23 he said she had gone to the home they had shared on Palmer Grove, Semington, and smashed a window.
Mr Meeke said “It was not her window to smash: it belonged to the Selwood Housing Association.”
Yendle, of Woolpack Meadow, Trowbridge, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage but not guilty to burglary.
It had been alleged that on the same day she had stolen a TV, surround sound system, £80 cash and a picture frame.
At an earlier hearing the court was told that after the couple split Yendle had been given permission to go to the flat, for which she had a key, to use the washing machine.
As a result she was not trespassing when she took the items which she had purchased and so were not stolen.
Mr Meeke told the court that the Crown would offer no evidence on the charge and Judge Douglas Field passed a formal not guilty verdict.
Adam Gadd, defending, said his client had been on antidepressants shortly before the incident and stopped taking them before being told to do so by her doctor.
He said “Her temper got the better of her,” when she caused the damage but added she had enrolled on a stress and anger management course.
Mr Gadd told the court that she had two children aged three years and almost two years and lived on income support, housing benefit and child tax credit. He said Mr Amoroso paid nothing towards his children.
Passing sentence the judge said “You should not have lost your temper. You should not have broken that window.”
He said he would not order her to pay compensation as she did not have the finances to do so.