Remember jamming out to Jazmine Sullivan’s 2008 bop “Bust Your Windows?” That’s exactly what a 22-year-old Australian woman did to her ex-girlfriend’s car after finding out she was in a relationship with her mother.
You read that correctly.
The woman went to her ex’s home with a baseball bat in tow on October 10, according to the Toowoomba Chronicle. The woman, who has not been named in media reports, smashed a window on the house and damaged the car with the bat before leaving the property, per police reports.
Her lawyer, Joe McConnell, told the Toowoomba Magistrates Court that his client was upset after discovering her mother was in a sexual relationship with her girlfriend of four years. McConnell said his client suspected something when she saw a mark on her mother’s neck.
McConnell’s client broke up with her girlfriend in September, and they reportedly have two children together who remain in her ex-girlfriend’s care. But his client’s mother had since moved in with the ex and his client was now “having difficulty seeing the children under the new living arrangements,” he said.
The unnamed woman reportedly had a string of violent prior offenses. These included a suspended jail term for an unrelated charge, in addition to assaulting police and causing bodily harm, according to Toowoomba Chronicle.
Magistrate Kay Ryan said the sentencing was particularly difficult given the woman’s history and her “serious” actions. “I understand the circumstances and how it occurred, but that is no excuse,” the judge said. “You have come this close to a term of imprisonment.”
McConnell’s client pleaded guilty to two counts of willful damage — a domestic violence offense — and to one count of contravening a police direction. She was placed on three years probation.