A RACIST woman with a vendetta against her local shop painted the front of the store black before returning with a hammer.
Wendy Hunter painted the shutters and sign of the Best One shop in Sea Road, Fulwell, Sunderland, with black emulsion in the early hours of October 20.
The 48-year-old’s vandalism was captured on CCTV, which showed her approaching the shop with a pot of paint and a brush before spending five minutes painting the store.
Owner Ravinder Singh discovered the damage when he arrived to open up at 8am, and Hunter, of nearby Atkinson Road, returned three hours later with a hammer.
She pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and causing racially aggravated fear, provocation or violence when she appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “The injured party was serving a customer when the defendant entered the store carrying a hammer.
“She shouted abuse. The hammer was not raised, but the witness said he was genuinely scared.”
Mr Doney told the court that Hunter then hurled racist abuse at Mr Singh, which offended him.
He added: “Police viewed the CCTV and identified the female as being the defendant.
“She said she had the hammer in self-defence in case anyone entered the shop and tried to hurt her.”
Gerry Scott, defending, said there had been ongoing difficulties between Hunter and staff at the store.
He added: “She has never been before the court previously. These proceedings have caused her stress.
“She has a number of personal problems. She was abused when she was younger and has mental health problems. She has been hearing voices.”
Magistrates adjourned the case until November 27 for the probation service to prepare reports about Hunter.
She was bailed until then on the condition that she does not go within 100 metres of the shop.