Mum smashed windows at the South Tyneside home of her ex's new lover and threatened: "You're dead"
A mum-of-two has avoided being jailed for attacking the South Tyneside home of her former boyfriend’s new lover while her children cowed in terror inside.
Jade Robertson, 29, threw stones at the property in Lumley Court, Hebburn, after her ex quickly took up with another woman after six years and a child together.
After smashing downstairs windows, Robertson shouted “You’re dead” and made other threats, a court heard.
The incident caused the female victim to suffer a panic attack and her children to fear for their safety.
Robertson, who has 59 previous convictions from 103 offences, was spared jail when she appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Deputy District Judge Paul Conlon handed her a four-week sentence, suspended for 12 months – and ordered her to stay away from the couple for 12 months, except for child care.
Prosecutor Grace Taylor told the court: “The complainant was in a relationship with the defendant which ended in July. He now lives with the woman.
“He says that at around 3am they were at the woman’s house and were in an upstairs bedroom when they heard a banging outside.
“He went to the window and he asked his partner to contact the police. She moved her children out of the bedroom and put them in another room.
“When he was on the phone with the police he saw two woman outside. One was his ex-partner, Jade Robertson.
“He watched as she picked up an outdoor table and stones and threw the stones at the downstairs windows, causing them to smash.
“The defendant was shouting at him, ‘You’re dead’, and made threats against him.
“Both the women then ran from the scene.”
In Robertson’s defence, it was said she “snapped” after finding out her former partner had begun a new relationship so soon after the breakdown of their own.
It was said Robertson has a personality disorder, mental health issues and as alcohol dependent.
Robertson, who has a child with her former partner, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage of under £5,000. She must also pay £300 compensation.