South Shields woman fined £380 for damaging BMW


A WOMAN who caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a car after a angry row with its owner has been hit with a hefty court bill.

Rebecca Morley kicked and scratched the BMW vehicle after arguing with a man at an address in Commercial Road, South Shields.

The man had left the property after the row but Morley followed him out and damaged the rear of the car.

Police were called following the offence on February 16 and the 26-year-old was arrested.

Morley, of Chaucer Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and the matter was adjourned for probation reports to be completed on her.

She was back at the court yesterday for sentencing on the criminal damage, along with other admitted offences of theft of nappies from Asda in South Shields on May 22 and possession of cannabis on Friday, June 13.

The court heard that a garage estimate for repairs to the damaged BMW was £380.

Morley was ordered to pay that amount in compensation as well as being given a 12-month community order with supervision and a 
nine-month drug rehabilitation order.

Veronica Jordan, prosecuting, said: “The injured party had attended the address on Commercial Road and she was also there.

“An argument takes place between them, and a third party intervenes. He leaves the premises and goes to his vehicle but she follows him out.

“She scratched and kicked the bumper of the car and goes back in the address.

“The injured party said there was a deep scratch to the boot and scuff marks on the rear bumper.

“The value of the damage was estimated at £380.”

David Hatfield, defending, said: “Prior to these offences she had no previous convictions of any sort.

“I would ask you to be realistic about the compensation that you order her to pay and go along with the probation recommendation of a community order and a drug treatment requirement.

The probation service recommended a drug treatment requirement due to Morley’s drug misuse issues in regards to cannabis.

Morley was given a 12-month community order with 12 months of supervision and ordered to complete a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

She was also ordered to pay compensation of £380 for the damage caused to the BMW car.

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