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Whitehaven woman confessed to second crime after admitting she damaged car

Carlisle Crown Court

A WOMAN who damaged her neighbour’s car and then admitted a more serious crime during a confession to police has been sentenced by a judge.

Stephanie Georgina Rose Goth, 37, was seen to throw a rock at a Suzuki belonging to David Nugent on March 18. Having left the vehicle in his driveway, Mr Nugent returned to find a rear passenger window was smashed and bodywork damaged.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Goth – who had downed a bottle of wine – actually called police herself to report the incident. She told an officer how her partner was jailed earlier that day for breaching a restraining order by having contact with her which she had allowed. She suspected a neighbour had reported that to police, and caused the damage.

“The only evidence of the taking revenge comes from the witness’s (Goth’s) own mouth,” prosecutor Jon Close told the court.

Goth, of Meadow Road, Whitehaven, admitted charges of damaging property and taking revenge.

Judge James Adkin said Goth had come “perilously close” to being jailed, but suspended an eight-month term for a year in view of mitigation and her confession.

Goth must compete 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay Mr Nugent £250 compensation. A restraining order will prevent her from having contact with Mr Nugent for five years.

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