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Mum smashed car window while daughter in front seat

Malvern Editorial 29th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MALVERN woman assaulted her ex-partner and smashed his car window while her daughter was in the front seat, a court heard.

Farah Darby, of Moatway, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (July 24) to assaulting Jack Marshall and causing hundreds of pounds of damage to his Volkswagen Passat.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, said: “This matter falls into domestic abuse as they were in a relationship that ended in mid January this year.

“He maintains contact with the defendants’ daughter and when he finished work he went to collect the child from school when the defendant arrived.

“There was a verbal argument and she got into the car and sat in the back while her daughter was in the front seat.

“He pulled into a petrol station to wash the car and the argument continued. She kicked out at him in the gap between the front seats.

“There were no injuries but he had some of his tools in the car so she picked up grips and she hit the car on both the near rear and offside windows causing them to shatter.”

Mr Beale added Darby then got out and hit the front windscreen while her child remained in the passenger seat before she called police to tell them what she had done.

Defence solicitor, Belinda Arris, told the court the 27-year-old had been in a relationship with Mr Marshall for two and a half years and she had gone to the police accusing him of causing damage to her current boyfriends car.

The argument was started because he wanted to take the daughter to meet his new girlfriend of two weeks and she did not want that.

“She did not consider how her daughter would be feeling and she is upset and embarrassed by her behaviour,” she added.

District judge Nigel Cadbury said: “This was relatively serious because your daughter was present at the time, it must have been very upsetting for her when you started smashing up the car that she was sat in.

“I imagine the car was filled with a lot of shards of glass and there was the assault on your ex-partner.”

He ordered Darby to complete 40 hours of unpaid work, pay £341.34 in compensation for the damage to the car, £85 in courts costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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