A scorned bride-to-be smashed up her ex-partner’s car with a HAMMER after he refused to give her money for a wedding dress she never got to use, a court heard.
Furious Sally Hallett, 32, was so upset at facing a large bill for her big day after it was cancelled she carried out a revenge attack on her former fiance Stuart Sams’ motor.
She has now been given a six month restraining order preventing her from contacting him after pleading guilty to criminal damage.
The volatile couple, who had been in an on-off relationship for around a year, were due to get married in August last year.
But when they split up Hallett demanded that Stuart pay £150 towards the deposit on her wedding dress.
Hallett of Barnstaple, Devon, claims they had agreed to go 50/50 on all their wedding costs but when he didn’t oblige she turned violent.
She sent a series of threatening text message and made several calls warning him of her intentions.
Stuart says she then turned up at his workplace in Barnstaple on March 23.
And when he again refused to pay her anything, Hallett was seen on CCTV pulling a hammer out of her handbag and smashing up his car.
Pictures show the damage caused to the vehicle after she repeatedly smashed the windscreen and bonnet before scratching the bodywork all the way around.
She confessed to police in an interview and told officers: “He owed me money so yes, I did smash his car.”
In addition to the restraining order, North Devon Magistrates’ Court sentenced Hallett to a 10-day rehabilitation course and made her pay £100 compensation to the victim.
Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting,, told North Devon Magistrates Court Hallett’s ex-partner had “tried to remain friends” with her after the relationship broke up.
Mrs Baker said when the victim told Hallett they were not getting back together, “she started swearing at him and asking him for money” she said he owed her.
The couple had been planning to get married before the relationship broke down and the defendant said her ex owed her money for costs relating to this.
Mrs Baker told the court Hallett tried to persuade her ex to give her money back by saying: “I will come and get it and I will show you drama – if you think you have seen drama, I will show you.”
On March 23, Mrs Baker said the victim saw the defendant in the car park of his workplace and on asking what she was doing, she said she had “come to get her money”.
Footage from the car park’s CCTV camera showed how shortly after, when the victim had parked the car, Hallett “took something from her hand bag” and started “smashing” his car.
As she passed under the camera it became clear the item was, in fact, a hammer, which she used to smash the wind screen and scratch and dent the body of the car.
Probation told the court to consider the fact that Hallett was on income support, so of limited means and that there were some “mental health concerns”.
Hallett, who defended herself in court, said: “All I wanted was my money and my goods which belonged to my children.
“He refused to give me my money so, yes, I smashed his car.”
Before sentencing, Magistrates told Hallett: “Ladies walking around with hammers in their handbags is not the done thing.”