A WREXHAM woman who launched a terrifying attack on the new girlfriend of her ex-partner has been spared jail.

Charlotte Bryan, of Maes Eithen in Brynteg, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Thursday for sentence.

The 35-year-old had previously admitted an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage to property worth more than £5,000.

Thomas McLoughlin, prosecuting, told the court both offences occurred during an incident on May 27 last year.

It came about after the defendant had an "acrimonious" split from her husband of 14 years, Richard Jones.

Following the breakdown of the marriage, Mr Jones blocked the defendant's messages and began a relationship with a woman named Jade Jones.

On the day of the offence, Bryan got into Jade Jones' home and found her in bed with Richard Jones.

Bryan had "lost all sense of normality" and proceeded to scream abuse, grabbing Ms Jones and hitting her, pulling her hair, scratching her and biting her.

She told the victim: "I'm going to kill you - I told you this would happen."

The court heard the attack came after a number of "vile messages" the defendant had sent the victim.

During the attack, Richard Jones tried to intervene and eventually he and the victim escaped the property.

Whilst in the victim's home, Bryan carried out "considerable damage" in the kitchen - as well as knocking a TV off the wall.

She also took a knife from the kitchen and slashed all of the tyres on Mr Jones' car, as well as denting and scratching Ms Jones' car.

Crockery was found smashed in the kitchen and the front door was also damaged.

Mr McLoughlin described the offending as "a revenge attack with a high degree of pre-meditation."

He said the victim was vulnerable and the defendant, a mum-of-three, had acted under the influence of alcohol on the day.

Quoting from the victim's impact statement, Mr McLoughlin said her life had been "completely ruined" by the incident, adding her life had been "torn apart."


Dafydd Roberts, defending, made limited submissions to the court after Judge Nicola Saffman announced her intention to impose a suspended sentence.

"We accept it will have had a shocking effect on her (Jade Jones)," Mr Roberts told the court.

"The real mitigation is Charlotte Bryan's genuine remorse.

"She is undergoing counselling and is on limited means, in receipt of universal credit."

Judge Saffman told the defendant: "Clearly in the midst of all of your feelings about the split, you lost all sense of normality and started sending abusive and vile messages to Jade Jones.

"Then you attended her home.

"The whole thing is recorded in a 999 call. You thought there was a relationship between Jade Jones and your husband, who were in bed together when you entered the property.

"You'd been drinking. It was a truly awful situation. Your actions had a significant impact.

"Until a few moments ago, you didn't know if you were going to prison today - and it's clear to me you have in no way at any stage tried to minimise your actions.

"You're utterly ashamed and remorseful for what you've done and what you've put your family through.

"This is a one-off anomaly, borne out of your specific circumstances."

The Judge handed down a two year custodial sentence, but suspended it for two years.

The defendant must undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.

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The Judge initially ordered her to pay £1,000 in compensation and a £187 victim surcharge.

But Bryan said she "has no disposable income" and relied on foodbanks to feed her family.

Mr Roberts said any financial imposition would be "difficult or impossible at the moment."

Judge Saffman told the defendant: "You must pay something towards compensation - that's not negotiable."

The compensation was reduced to £500 and the victim surcharge was removed entirely.

A five-year restraining order was imposed for the victim's protection.