‘Axe woman’ bound over after smashing car windows

A 50-year-old woman who used an axe to smash the windows of a white Ford S Max has been bound to the peace.
Theresa Reilly of Oakfield Court, Enniskillen, appeared in Enniskillen Magistrates Court, where she pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage.
The court heard on 20 December last year a Ford S Max, which had been leased by Reilly’s sister, was damaged at a filling station close to the police station on Queen Street.
A representative for the PPS outlined that the car was damaged after being hit with an axe.
The rear and side windows were smashed and the windscreen of the vehicle had been cracked. The PPS further added that Reilly had purchased an axe in a close by hardware shop upon seeing the car parked in the car park.
Defence solicitor Michael Fahy noted that this was a very unusual and peculiar offence. He explained that an off duty police officer leaving the station had come upon the incident and upon asking Reilly to drop the axe, she did so.
He continued to say that Reilly had calmly taken the purchased axe to the vehicle, and added Reilly made a full admission in an interview.
Mr Fahy added, no one is entitled to cause damage like this but it was on the back of damage to her own car and unsavoury comments that had been made.
Reacting Deputy District Judge, Peter Prenter said he found it hard to overcome the sheer level of damage.
He added that it was a very unusual case and one he would deal with in an unusual way.
He bound Reilly to the peace and told her she was required to keep her nose clean for the next two years.
Reilly was handed a £250 compensation order to mobility and given 16 weeks to pay.

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