Hammer-carrying Warsop woman threatened to kill former partner

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Warsop woman who threatened to kill her ex-partner while carrying a hammer has admitted the charge at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

Veronica Bennett (50) of Meden Avenue, appeared in custody after following the incident on Tuesday.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, said police had been called to the road at around 8.30pm for a woman who was apparently suicidal.

When they arrived, they found the defendant in the street holding a carrier bag containing the hammer.

She told the police that she was going to Leeds to kill her former partner, a claim she repeated several times, even during her police interview.

She said she ‘wanted him to suffer’ and said that if she was released she would carry out her intentions and did not care about the consequences.

However, she denied she was suicidal.

Defending, Emma Goodall said her client had no previous convictions or cautions and that she was emotional and upset.

She said that although Bennett repeated the threats, she did not mean them.

Miss Goodall explained that the Bennett had met her ex-partner online, had gone through a ‘whirlwind romance’ and moved to Leeds and was planning marriage.

But Bennett had found that he was having an affair after finding a text message on his phone, and broke off the relationship. However the court was told that the woman her former partner was now seeing had ‘constantly’ sent text messages to Bennett.

Bennett was granted bail under the condition that she live with her daughter in Buckinghamshire. A probation report is to be prepared before she returns to court on 2nd October.