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Woman slashed ex-partner’s tyres when ‘on the drink’, court hears

The injured party said he received a number of missed calls and voicemails from the defendant and during one of these he was told he should check his car

Newry Courthouse

A Newry woman who slashed tyres on her ex-partner’s car on two occasions has been ordered to complete a 12 month probation order.

The 37-year-old’s legal representative told court: “This was a foolish decision made when on drink…this is a lady who I believe would benefit from the help of probation.”

Patrice Mary Rodgers, of Edward Street, appeared for sentencing on possession of a bladed article in a public place, persistent improper use of communications and two counts of criminal damage at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on May 13, police received a report of the tyres of a man’s car being slashed on Dominic Street in Newry.

The injured party informed officers that six weeks prior the defendant, his ex-partner, had attended his home and slashed two tyres on his vehicle.

He claimed that he had received a number of missed calls and voicemails from the defendant, during one of which he was told he should check his car.

Police attended Rodgers’ home, where she was arrested. During a search of the property officers seized a damaged kitchen blade.

When interviewed at Banbridge Custody Suite, the defendant made no comment to questions put.

Defence counsel stated: “This is a vulnerable young lady who took the view that she had been taken advantage of. The injured party had ended the relationship and she did not take that well, which has led her to being before the court.

“This was a foolish decision made when on drink. This is a lady who I believe would benefit from the help of probation.”

District Judge Eamonn King sentenced Rodgers to a probation order for a period of 12 months for the offences before the court.

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