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Woman 'snapped', then rammed pub and cars.


AWOMAN was caught on camera driving her car into a Northumberland pub three times before hitting other vehicles in the car park on a vandalism spree.

Marilyn Iley had "snapped" and "completely lost control" when she targeted the family that ran the Milbourne Arms in Holywell during a series of incidents on June 8 this year. Newcastle Crown Court heard the first incident of damage was to a Mini parked on a driveway that belonged to the girlfriend of the landlord's son.

Iley was seen on CCTV pulling up, getting out of her own car carrying a bar and striking the Mini several times before snapping off the rear windscreen wiper.

The 43-year-old then got back into the vehicle and drove into the Milbourne Arms repeatedly before reversing into other vehicles.

The court heard Iley, of Cramlington, had mental health problems and believed the pub's owners had been responsible for a series of incidents that had happened to her, although there was no evidence they were. Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said that at the time of the incident Iley had morphine in her system at two and a half times the drug drive limit. She pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving and five of criminal damage.

Mr Bunch told the court: "The Mini had been parked on the driveway for 24 hours. When the family went to check, it became clear the car had been attacked. The rear wiper had been snapped off and the wing mirrors had been bent back on themselves. The CCTV was checked and shows the defendant pulled up in her own vehicle, came out with a bar and used it to strike the vehicle in a number of locations. She then got back in her own vehicle and CCTV captures what happened as she drives into the Milbourne Arms."

In mitigation, John Wilkinson said Iley had "significant mental health problems", adding: "For whatever reason, she snapped on that day."

Recorder Euan Duff sentenced Iley to an 18-month community order with 15 days' rehabilitation activity. He said: "On June 8 you completely lost control and quite deliberately damaged one car. You drove your vehicle into the driveway of the Milbourne Arms three times then reversing to cause damage to other vehicles. Whether or not you intended to damage these cars, it was a reckless, appalling piece of behaviour."

Iley was given a 12-month ban and must pass an extended test before getting behind the wheel again.


CCTV shows Marilyn Iley repeatedly drive into the Milbourne Arms then damage cars parked outside

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2018
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