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Woman attacked cars on Keighley Road, Skipton
2:22pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A woman pulled off the wing mirror of a car waiting at traffic lights in Keighley Road, Skipton, the town’s magistrates were told.
Two weeks earlier Patricia Halstead, 49, had attacked the car of a Craven District Council employee who had parked for the day in Keighley Road, the court was told.
Halstead, who was tracked down by police following an appeal for witnesses in the Craven Herald, refused to explain herself, other than to say she had issued a warning and she believed the heavy use of traffic on Keighley Road was damaging her property.
Halstead, who denied causing £100 damage to Henry Cumbers’ Renault Clio on July 8, and £175 damage to Richard Rowley’s Ford Fiesta on July 29, was ordered to pay more than £1,335 in fines, costs and compensation after being found guilty on both counts.
The court heard that Mr Cumbers had returned to his car at the end of the day to find both wing mirrors hanging off.
A witness, Mark Jarvey, who was driving along Keighley Road and had stopped at the traffic lights close to the Tesco petrol station, described how he had seen a woman come out of a house and blatantly kick the bonnet of the Clio with her heel, pull both wing mirrors off and then try to pull the sun roof off. He said he had contacted the police after seeing an appeal for witnesses because he hoped someone would do the same for him.
Mr Rowley was the second in line waiting at the traffic lights and had his young daughter in the car with him when a woman came out of a nearby house and started hitting his wing mirror. He said his daughter had been very upset by the incident and his wing mirror had been left hanging off and its electrical connections broken.
Halstead, of Keighley Road, who defended herself, responded not guilty when asked by prosecutor Hilary Reece if she accepted she had damaged the cars. She called no witnesses and told the court she had nothing to say when asked by magistrates at the end of the trial.
Magistrates said it was clear that two cars had been damaged and that there was no dispute over the identity of Halstead. They found the witnesses to be clear and credible and Halstead had offered no explanation.
They also noted that she had refused to complete a means form, as she was required by law, which meant the court could set its own level of fine.
She was fined £200 for each offence, with costs of £620 and a £40 victims surcharge. She was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 to Mr Cumbers and £175.31 to Mr Rowley within seven days.