A woman who turned up at her ex-partner’s home with her wedding dress before trashing his home and assaulting him has been ordered to pay compensation.
Letitia Simmonds also turned on his new love, scratching her car with a razor blade and hurling racist abuse at her.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that the mum-of-two had been struggling with mental health problems at the time.
Last week she pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage, assault, racially-aggravated threatening behaviour and assaulting a police officer acting in the execution of his duty, and now she has been sentenced.
The court heard that Simmonds and John Tarazi, the father of her children, broke up in September and started seeing new partners. When Simmonds’ own relationship ended it affected her badly and she began sending abusive messages about Mr Tarazi’s new partner Bria Massie.
On May 11 she went to his Lepton home and was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace.
Mr Bozman said: “A couple of days later there was another incident when the defendant had gone to the house address with her wedding dress.”
Simmonds was then admitted into hospital after apparently taking an overdose.
On May 17 Mr Tarazi came home to find that it had been wrecked.
Simmonds, of Towngate in Highburton, later returned to the house but Mr Tarazi refused her requests to see her children because she had alcohol on her breath.
Mr Bozman said that she became angry, running towards Miss Massie’s car and threatening to smash her face in.
He told magistrates: “She tried to reverse and Simmonds ran after her, banging on the car and kicking and punching at Mr Tarazi as he took hold of her to try and calm her down. She scratched him and bit his arm and police were called.
“Simmonds tried to break away and kicked the officer on the shin a number of times.”
In a victim impact statement, Mr Tarazi said he wouldn’t put up with the 25-year-old’s behaviour any longer and was astounded that she had been released from hospital as she was clearly unwell.
Simon Lindley, mitigating, explained that at the time of the incident his client had been suffering from mental health issues.
He told magistrates: “These were perhaps exacerbated by the medication and alcohol she’d taken. Her medication has now been altered and she feels much better.”
Magistrates sentenced Simmonds to a community order with 15 days of rehabilitation activities. She must pay £100 compensation for both the damaged car and conservatory as well as £85 victim surcharge.