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A woman trashed her ex's home in a rampage that caused thousands of pounds' worth of damage.
Lauren Blaney, 29 caused more than £2,000 worth of loss and damage in what a judge described as “a particularly mean offence".
A court heard that a member the public rang the police after seeing Blaney and a man smashing a window at the home of her ex-partner, James Campbell, at 8pm on March 21, Liverpool Echo reports.
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.
Nardeen Nemat, prosecuting, said: “There were spots of blood on shattered glass and blood splatters around the address.”
The pair had left the scene but an officer on 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 Mr Campbell, 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.
The landlord boarded up the window and door and this meant for a long time he could only access his home from a rear alley.
Mr Campbell said: “The area is barely lit and I felt vulnerable and quite scared especially after the burglary, I was scared it was some kind of vendetta so I did not feel safe using the alley."
He said he became withdrawn and had to rely on other people for help, adding: “I should be able to look after myself so it knocked my confidence quite a bit.”
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Mr Campbell said he 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”.
He said: “I cannot understand why she did this, it feels so vindictive”, as he requested a restraining order.
Miss Nemat said, when interviewed, Blaney “said she blamed Mr Campbell for her children being taken away.”
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Blaney, formerly of Linacre Road, Litherland, has six previous convictions for 13 offences including theft.
Rachel Oakdene, defending, said a pre-sentence report revealed Blaney’s chaotic lifestyle but there was hope she could put that behind her.
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It was an unsophisticated offence fuelled by alcohol and she had left her bloodstains behind at the property.
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.
The judge, Recorder Ian Harris, imposed a 21-month sentence suspended for two years and a 12-month drug rehabilitation course.
He also ordered her to carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activities and imposed a tag for six months between 8 pm-8 am and a four-year restraining order.
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