A “snotty” mum smashed her ex in the face after throwing a Yankee Candle at his car.
Jenna Walker launched the scented candle at Paul Williams’ car but it hit his face when he rolled down the window at the last minute.
Mr Williams was left needing stitches and with “wobbly” teeth after the incident, a court was told.
Her defence solicitor today claimed Mr Williams had assaulted her moments beforehand.
Olivia Brady, prosecuting, said Walker and Mr Williams had previously been in a relationship for three years and had a daughter together.
Ms Brady said: “On May 1 this year there was an arrangement for the victim to pick up their daughter at around half three.
“At quarter past seven the victim dropped his daughter off at the defendant’s house and the defendant is described as acting snotty.”
Ms Brady told the court that Mr Williams left the house but returned to retrieve his other daughter’s iPad and to leave some nappies.
Walker “starts shouting, saying the nappies are the wrong size” and Mr Williams left to get into his car, Ms Brady said.
She said: “He got into it and the defendant followed him. She picked up a Yankee Candle which was on the shoe cupboard and raised it above her head.”
The court head that Mr Williams threatened to “smash up” Walker’s car if she threw the candle and told her to stop.
Ms Brady explained he “wound down the passenger side window” as she “threw the candle through the door, hitting his lip”.
The court heard there was a “significant amount of blood” and Mr Williams attended Arrowe Park Hospital where he received stitches for a cut.
Ms Brady explained he had also suffered a hairline crack in one tooth.
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She said: “Three teeth were loose, however, I believe they are no longer wobbly.”
Walker, who has no previous convictions, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Joseph Bleasdale, defending, explained that Walker pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and made “full and frank admissions” in police interview as well as receiving a “glowing” probation report.
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He explained that while she doesn’t dispute the offence there was “some tension between the two parties” prior to the incident.
Mr Bleasdale said: “Leading up there was an altercation within the address.”
Walker claims she was pushed into a table by Mr Williams, her representative explained, and as a result, suffered bruising.
He said: “This continued outside with threats to the defendant. He pushed her over onto the floor.”
Mr Bleasdale explained that she suffered further bruising to her leg as a result.
He said: “It doesn’t excuse the defendant’s behaviour however there was a degree of provocation.”
Explaining the incident Mr Bleasdale said: “It was supposed to be thrown to cause damage to the vehicle.
“It, unfortunately, flew through the passenger side window and hit the victim in the face.”
The court heard Walker has two young children and works full time and is the sole financial provider for both of the children.
Mr Bleasdale said: “She understood and accepted her actions went way beyond any reasonable excuse.”
The court heard that after the incident Walker and Mr Williams attended joint counselling sessions to “address the issues” between them, although the sessions were halted due to bail conditions imposed after court proceedings began.
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Magistrate McGrath said: “We’ve listened to what has been said in court today and have given it careful consideration. We have taken account of the report probation have prepared.
“It’s was a serious offence and a serious injury.”
Walker was handed a 12-month community order and a 10-week curfew.
She must also complete 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and must pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £95.