Manchester recruitment consultant, 25, smashed aunt’s Range Rover in £3,000 drunken wrecking spree

Recruitment consultant, 25, smashed up her aunt’s Range Rover in £3,000 drunken wrecking spree after row with her boyfriend

  • Megan Smith, 25, from Ashton-under-Lyne, smashed her aunt’s Range Rover 
  • She was staying with aunt Kirstie Whitehead to get space from her boyfriend
  • But became angry and shouted ‘I’m going to f*** this place up and f*** you up’ 
  • She has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation towards the repairs

A recruitment consultant drunkenly smashed up her aunt’s Range Rover during a £3,000 wrecking spree after going berserk while getting ‘space’ from her boyfriend.

Megan Smith, 25, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, smashed the passenger doors, bonnet and windscreen of her aunt Kirstie Whitehead’s car when she offered her a shoulder to cry on.

Smith shouted, ‘Just watch I am going to f*** this place up and f*** you up,’ while hurling a vacuum cleaner, microwave oven, crockery and glasses on to the floor of Mrs Whitehead’s kitchen. 

She also dented two cupboards before rushing outside and wrecking 46-year-old Mrs Whitehead’s car while her aunt tried to calm her down.    

Recruitment consultant Megan Smith, 25, drunkenly smashed up her aunt’s Range Rover during a £3,000 wrecking spree after going berserk while getting ‘space’ from her boyfriend

The terrifying incident caused the Mrs Whitehead’s nine-year-old daughter to flee their family home and she has been staying with relatives. 

Mrs Whitehead estimated the damage to her kitchen appliances and units at £2,500 with a further £400 worth of repairs required on her car.

Smith (pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court) from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, smashed the passenger doors, bonnet and windscreen of her aunt Kirstie Whitehead's car when she offered her a shoulder to cry on

Smith (pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates’ Court) from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, smashed the passenger doors, bonnet and windscreen of her aunt Kirstie Whitehead’s car when she offered her a shoulder to cry on

In a statement to police Mrs Whitehead, who is the managing director of a head-hunting company, 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.

‘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.’

At Manchester magistrates court, Smith, who works as a principal consultant for a major international recruitment firm which specialise in the healthcare sector, admitted causing criminal damage and was ordered to pay £2,000 compensation towards the repairs.

Smith is now also battling to repair her ‘damaged’ relationship with her aunt.

The incident occurred on May 6 after Smith went to see her aunt so she could get away from her boyfriend. Prosecutor Miss Laura Keegan said: ‘They had a couple of drinks and ordered a takeaway.

‘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. 

‘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*** this place up and f*** you up”.’ 

The court heard Smith, who is thought to have worked as a waitress at Manchester City football club before going into the recruitment industry, had no previous convictions.

Smith (right, pictured with her aunt Kirstie Whitehead) shouted, 'Just watch I am going to f*** this place up and f*** you up,' while hurling a vacuum cleaner, microwave oven, crockery and glasses on to the floor of Mrs Whitehead's kitchen

Smith (right, pictured with her aunt Kirstie Whitehead) shouted, ‘Just watch I am going to f*** this place up and f*** you up,’ while hurling a vacuum cleaner, microwave oven, crockery and glasses on to the floor of Mrs Whitehead’s kitchen

In mitigation her lawyer Richard Carlin said: ‘She is a woman of good character, entered a prompt guilty plea and co-operated at the police station.

‘She accepts that she consumed alcohol and an argument started. Her actions were out of character and won’t be repeated. She is extremely upset and ashamed of herself. Her relationship with her aunt has been damaged. 

‘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 was also fined £500 and was ordered to pay £85 costs. Sentencing chairman of the bench David Smith told her: ‘You lost control.’

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