A woman celebrating her birthday trashed a hotel room in Chester after arguing with her boyfriend.
Sarah Louise Robinson, 32, of Brook Close, Leyland, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage at the Crowne Plaza hotel, on Trinity Street, on February 4.
Prosecuting, Rob Youds told the court that the night manager of the hotel was called in the early hours of February 4 by a guest who was underneath room 230 who told them that it sounded like someone was trashing their room.
Mr Youds said that the staff at the hotel had already had to deal with Robinson, who was staying in room 230, earlier that night when they prevented her from driving her car drunk.
When staff went to the room they could hear “lots of banging” and when they opened the room they found Robinson standing on the bed. She said: “Oops have I broken something?”
Mr Youds told the court that there was extensive damage to the room including a broken mirror in the bathroom as well as the shower head damaged and the soap dish torn off the wall. A desk and side table were broken, tea and coffee was on the floor, a TV was broken, drawers had been pulled out and were on the floor, there was a crack in the mirror on the wardrobe and a broken picture frame.
In her interview with police Robinson told them that she had come to Chester to celebrate her birthday but had argued with her partner while out in a bar.
She said that she went back to the hotel and called her brother so that he could pick her up.
She said she then went to leave and threatened to leave in her own car. When she was not allowed to by staff she went back to her room and tried to call her brother again.
She said she couldn’t find her phone and thought that her boyfriend had hidden it and became angry. She told police she had caused a “horrendous” amount of damage.
Mr Youds said that the value of the items damaged was £828.76 and that the room was out of action for several weeks.
Defending, Simon Gretton told the court that Robinson, who is a single mother to three children, had never been in trouble with police before.
Mr Gretton said that the incident happened after she had “put two and two together and had gotten five” after believing her boyfriend had hidden her phone.
He said it was “completely out of character”.
Mr Gretton said that Robinson worked as an executive secretary at a landscaping firm who had decided to keep her on despite the conviction.
Magistrates sentenced her to a 12 month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the Crowne Plaza for the damaged items and loss of earnings.
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