Family feud led teenager to wreck her gran's car
A FISHPONDS teenager attacked her grandmother's car – writing it off – after a feud escalated at the family home.
Jade Hayward, 18, from Rosedale Road, Fishponds fled the house before jumping on the bonnet of her grandmother's £1,400 Skoda and scratching it along the sides, a court heard.
The incident took place on April 18, a week after Hayward was sentenced for assaulting her grandmother.
At Bristol Magistrates Court this week, Hayward pleaded guilty to criminal damage but was released on a conditional discharge.
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The court heard that the criminal damage was spurred by an argument in the home.
Prosecuting, Chris Holland said: "The defendant had been arguing with her brother and was asked to leave the address by her father.
"She was seen to jump on to the bonnet and proceeded to scratch the car down the side. It was unclear what she used to scratch it with.
"The police were called and the damage was noted. The car has been written off in effect."
Hayward initially denied doing the damage to the police, stating that she got no where near the car as she walked off after the argument.
In court she denied jumping on the car but admitted damaging it to an extent that it was not worth repairing.
Defending, Zoe Lash told the court that a complicated family history had led Hayward to assault her grandmother previously.
Miss Lash said: "The history being that there's some difficulties with Jade's father's mother siding with her father. As part of the previous sentence for common assault she was given supervision and sent on an anger management programme."
Miss Lash explained that Hayward's father was also on bail for assaulting her and admitted there was a "rather complicated family situation".
Miss Lash added: "Jade's own behaviour is something which is being addressed by probation."
She urged the magistrates not to impose a fine as Hayward's income comes from her family and it could "make matters worse".
Presiding magistrate David Hynam told Hayward: "These matters are very serious but we have taken into account your family situation and the anger management which is on-going."
Hayward was not ordered to pay for the damage to her grandmother's car, worth £1,390.
Mr Hynam gave Hayward a one-year conditional discharge and warned her to stick to her probation appointments to control her anger.
He said: "If you behave in this twelve-month period, fine. If not it will all come back on you.