Wife's rampage at the wrong address

Last updated 13:27 17/08/2011

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A Nelson woman enraged at finding out her husband was having an affair drove at speed through closed gates and into a building where she thought the other woman lived – only to be told by her husband that she had the wrong building.

A 25-year-old woman, who has interim name suppression, appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday and admitted one charge of intentionally causing $42,823 of damage at an apartment complex in Trafalgar St.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Stringer said the woman and her husband were having marital problems, and on June 30 they were driving in Nelson.

Stringer said the woman became furious after reading text messages from another woman and demanded that her husband tell her where the other woman lived. They then drove to a Trafalgar St address.

The woman demanded to know which apartment the woman lived in.

Stringer said the woman accelerated suddenly and crashed through the closed gates of the apartment complex, before accelerating again and smashing into the garage of an apartment.

Her husband ran off, and the woman backed out of the driveway, colliding with a parked car and forcing a resident to jump out of the way.

She then drove a short distance before parking and waiting for police.

Stringer said the woman's husband then told her that the other woman did not live in the apartment she had hit.

Police are seeking $42,823 reparation.

Judge Tony Zohrab convicted the woman and remanded her until October 3 for sentencing. He called for reparation and pre-sentence reports.

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- The Nelson Mail

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