Consultant, 25, ‘lost control’ and trashed aunt’s Range Rover in drunken rampage

A recruitment consultant told her aunt she would 'f**k this place up and f**k you up' before trashing her Range Rover in a drunken wrecking spree.

Megan Smith 'lost control' after drinking white wine while getting some 'space' from her boyfriend, Manchester Magistrates' Court heard.

The 25-year-old smashed the passenger doors, bonnet and windscreen of her aunt's Range Rover after she offered her a shoulder to cry on, Manchester Evening News reports.

Prosecutor Laura Keegan told the court how Smith, from Ashton-under-Lyne, went to see her aunt on May 6 to get away from her boyfriend following an argument.

"They had a couple of drinks and ordered a takeaway," Ms Keegan said.

"The defendant became agitated so her aunt went outside and left her to it, but when she returned the defendant was still being argumentative.

"The victim's nine-year-old daughter was present and she ran downstairs to sort out the takeaway food, but saw the defendant smashing items up in the kitchen. She asked her to stop, spoke to her and tried to calm her down.

"But she said it was like something had just switched in the defendant's head.

"She ran outside after the defendant, who told her 'just watch I am going to f*ck this place up and f*ck you up.'"

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Smith began hurling items onto the floor including a TV, vacuum cleaner, microwave, pots and glasses. Two kitchen doors were also dented in the rampage.

She then went outside where she smashed the passenger doors, bonnet and windscreen of her aunt's sports Range Rover.

In a statement to police, Smith's aunt said: ''Immediately after this incident I was shook up and found things difficult.

''My daughter is now scared and is staying with a family member. She is scared in her own home.

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"I am emotional and keep crying for no reason and am glad my daughter did not witness the incident itself. Claiming the money back on insurance has done nothing but cause me stress.''

In mitigation, Richard Carlin said Smith – who works as a principal consultant for an international recruitment firm – was 'remorseful' and was working on repairing her relationship with her aunt.

"She is a woman of good character, entered a prompt guilty plea and co-operated at the police station", Mr Carlin said.

"She accepts that she consumed alcohol and an argument started. Her actions were out of character and won't be repeated.

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"She is extremely upset and ashamed of herself. Her relationship with her aunt has been damaged.

"She does not accept she caused £2,500 damage to the household items and this is in her basis of plea.

"She values the items at more like £1,130. She accepts £400 damage to the car and that this was high level damage.

"She works full time in recruitment and has been working since she was 17. She earns £2,000 per month.

"There was little planning and she acted impulsively following an argument.

"Given the fact she is of good character and spent a considerable amount of time at the police station we say she can be dealt with by way of a fine.

"'She has taken this seriously, is remorseful and wants this to be dealt with as soon as possible to allow her to move on and rebuild her relationship with her aunt."

Smith admitted causing criminal damage and was ordered to pay £2,000 compensation towards the repairs.

She was also fined £500 and was ordered to pay £85 in costs.

Sentencing, chairman of the bench David Smith told her: "This was a very poor moment for you and a loss of control."

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