Jilted bride-to-be smashed up ex's car after he refused to pay for unworn wedding dress
A jilted bride-to-be smashed her ex-fiance’s car with a hammer after he refused to pay for the wedding dress she never had the chance to wear.
Sally Hallett, 32, had been in an on-off relationship with Stuart Sams for around a year but they split up before they were due to get married.
Hallett, of Barnstaple, Devon, claimed the pair had agreed to go 50/50 on wedding costs and demanded that Sams pay £150 towards the deposit on her wedding dress.
When he refused to pay, she was caught on CCTV in the car park of his workplace pulling a hammer out of her handbag and smashing up his car.
She has now been given a six month restraining order preventing her from contacting him after pleading guilty to criminal damage, but she claimed she had "no regrets".
Pictures show the damage caused to the vehicle after she repeatedly smashed the windscreen and bonnet before scratching the bodywork all the way around.
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."
Speaking after the sentencing, Hallett said: "It's done. It's not murder. I've no regrets.
"I'm the sort of person who sticks up for herself and I'll teach my children to stick up for themselves too.
"Yes, it wasn't the right thing to do. But he took the mick so I smashed his car.
"To be honest he's ended up worse off now because he didn't have the insurance. After getting me taken to court he's ended up with only £100 compensation."
In addition to the restraining order, North Devon Magistrates' Court sentenced Hallett to a 10-day rehabilitation course and ordered her to pay £100 compensation to the victim.