Drunk mother on a crime spree used pipe to threaten woman
MOTHER Penny Minor who went on a crime spree and intimidated a witness when her drinking spiralled out of control has avoided an immediate jail sentence.
The 35-year-old shattered a window belonging to Joanne Rogers in Leacroft Road, Meir, on April 15, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.
And on June 10 Minor smashed a car window in Mollison Road, Meir.
Prosecutor David Bennett said after the first incident of criminal damage Minor and Miss Rogers bumped into each other and Minor was abusive.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
And during the early hours of July 11 Minor shouted: "I am on that many charges, I suggest you drop your's."
She went to Miss Rogers's home again at 2am on July 14.
Mr Bennett said: "The complainant looked out and saw the defendant in her front garden with a male. She had a piece of vacuum cleaner pipe.
"She shouted up, 'Are you going to drop the charges?'
"The complainant used a mobile to try and take a photo of the defendant. The defendant thought she was calling the police and accused her of being a grass. The man took the pipe from the defendant."
The court heard at 8am the same day Minor accused the complainant of using drugs in front of her children.
Mr Bennett added: "At 9am she shouted, 'Enjoy taking them to school because it is all coming to you when you come home'."
The court heard Miss Rogers did not go home for several days and has since moved address.
Minor also stole alcohol worth £28.36 from the One Stop Shop in Meir in July.
And she failed to surrender to bail on July 24.
Minor, of Leacroft Road, Meir, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage, witness intimidation, theft, failing to answer bail and asked for three other thefts to be taken into consideration.
Richard Oldroyd, mitigating, conceded the criminal damage offences were "nasty" and the thefts were "mean".
But he said Minor has spent 56 days on remand and added that any term of imprisonment could be suspended.
"She recognised her drinking had spiralled out of control and she asked to be remanded in custody," said Mr Oldroyd.
"She felt drink, combined with the fact she seemed to be having some kind of breakdown, made her go off the rails in the early part of this year."
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones sentenced Minor to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months' supervision. She must also complete 16 sessions at Chepstow House in Hanley, which aims to help women get their lives back on track, and 12 sessions with Aquarius to help tackle her alcohol problem.
"This is a spree of offending," said the judge.
"Quite clearly the route of a lot, if not all, of this offending is your drink problem. You have now experienced custody for the first time. I hope that has been a salutary lesson to you and assisted in you being weaned off alcohol."