Destructive Act Triggered by ‘Menopausal’ Feelings
Sue Williams, a 62-year-old woman from Sevenoaks, Kent, resorted to damaging several high-end cars, including a Mercedes and a Range Rover Vogue, parked on the pavement in her local neighborhood. Her vandalism spree caused approximately £8,000 worth of damage.
A Pattern of Damaging Vehicles on Pavements
Williams initiated her damage spree in March 2022 when she began targeting vehicles with at least two wheels on the pavement.
The first incident occurred when she keyed a white Seat Terraco, causing £2,776.68 of damage. She continued her actions by damaging a black Ford Fiesta and a silver Peugeot Partner van.
A Growing List of Damaged Vehicles
Williams’ destruction didn’t stop there. In the following days, she targeted more cars parked on pavements.
Her actions included keying a grey Mercedes, a blue Mini, a Vauxhall Mokka, a white Fiat 500, and a black Range Rover Vogue. Each car bore the scars of her vandalism.
Legal Consequences and Compensation Order
Williams was charged with eight counts of criminal damage, and she admitted to all the offenses during her court appearance.
In a recent court hearing, she was sentenced to a three-month curfew, restricting her movements between 8 pm and 6 am. Moreover, the court issued a compensation order to address the impact on the car owners, who either paid for repairs or faced increased insurance costs.
Williams is ordered to pay £4,500 in compensation to the affected vehicle owners, with three individuals receiving £500 each and the remaining five receiving £600 each.
Possible Influence of Menopausal Feelings
Williams’ defense highlighted that the only reason she could offer for her actions was her potential experience of menopausal symptoms. While not confirmed, it was suggested as a factor in her destructive behavior.
Owners Impacted by the Damages
The court acknowledged the financial impact on the car owners and issued a compensation order to address their losses.
Some owners had made claims through their insurance, which could result in higher premiums upon renewal. The compensation order obligates Williams to reimburse the affected parties within six months.
Sentencing and Outcome
Williams, a resident of The Briars, West Kingsdown, received a curfew sentence and a compensation order, marking the legal consequences of her destructive actions.
The court aims to provide relief to the affected car owners who had to bear the costs of repairs or potential insurance premium increases.