Woman told to learn to drink responsibly after smashing up home on New Year’s Day

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A DRUNKEN woman who lost her temper with her partner was told by a judge to learn to drink responsibly.

Jamie Lee Phillips threw an ashtray and other items around a house she shares with Darren Wilson, Durham Crown Court heard.

“It was the morning of New Year’s Day,” said Martin Towers, prosecuting. “Ms Phillips had been drinking heavily, and there was an argument with her partner.

“She threw an ashtray, which damaged a wall of the private rented property.

“A window was broken when she threw a bottle at it.

“There was a wrestling match with her partner who, unable to control her, called the police.”

Phillips, 23, of Hawthorn Square, Seaham, admitted damaging property on January 1. The court heard the offence put her in breach of an earlier suspended prison sentence for assaulting Mr Wilson.

Laura Miller, defending, cut short mitigation when Judge Christopher Prince indicated he would impose a community sentence.

Judge Prince sentenced Phillips to a two-year supervision order, including an alcohol treatment programme, and ordered her to observe a curfew from 7pm to 7am until March 12.

The judge told her: “You go for long periods when you do not drink, but then you binge drink.

“Neither works for you.

“It seems unlikely you will ever stop drinking completely, so you must learn to drink responsibly.

“If you do that, there is no reason why you should be back before a court.”