Thursday 26 April 2018

Scorned woman (66) damaged car in ‘act of wickedness’

Beatrice Healy
Beatrice Healy

Eimear Cotter

A WOMAN scorned woman keyed the sides and rear of a car parked in her ex-partner's driveway.

Beatrice Healy (66) caused more than €1,700 worth of damage to a car belonging to the daughter of her ex-partner's new partner.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney told Tallaght District Court in Dublin that Healy, who denied the charge, had convinced herself she didn't do it.

However, she was captured on CCTV cameras keying the car, and a court heard that she could be identified by her “distinctive walk”.

Judge Anthony Halpin told Healy “shame on you” and described the incident as “an act of malevolent and spiteful wickedness”.

He fined Healy €1,000 and imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years. The defendant, of Longwood Avenue in central Dublin, was found guilty of criminal damage.

The incident took place outside her ex-partner's house at Beverly Drive in Knocklyon, Dublin on February 21 last year.

Healy's former partner, Vincent Slattery, told the court that a neighbour rang him after 9pm to say she had seen the defendant acting suspiciously near his driveway.

Mr Slattery said his partner's daughter Emma Clynch then checked her car and saw it had been keyed on both sides and at the rear.

He then viewed CCTV footage and identified Healy as the culprit. The CCTV showed Healy approach the car and scrape it, mostly likely with a ring. The damage to the car was €1,770.

Lorraine Kinsella said she was returning home around 8.30pm when she saw a woman acting suspiciously at Mr Slattery's driveway.

She looked at her and realised it was Beatrice Healy. A court heard the culprit on the CCTV had a distinctive walk, which was identical to the defendant's walk.

Mr Tunney said the defendant, a mum of one, was in a relationship for 12 years with Mr Slattery and they broke up over five years ago. He said she had herself convinced she didn't commit the damage.

Mr Tunney had said the judge had given Healy some time to save compensation, but she was unable to come up with any money as she is currently not working.

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