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Disabled vigilante pensioner cops fine for jumping on car

AFTER vandals had allegedly smashed the windows of her home, Victoria Maree Kenny decided to take the law into her own hands.

When she spotted the vehicle of the person she suspected was responsible for the damage, the opportunity for retaliation was too hard to resist.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick told Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday Kenny had damaged a woman's car outside the Commercial Hotel in Redbank on July 4.

Snr Const Dick said the 44-year-old had waited for the victim to leave her vehicle before she took action. When the coast was clear, the disability pensioner climbed onto the bonnet of the victim's car and began jumping up and down which caused the windscreen to shatter.

Police were given a description of Kenny. When they approached her later that day, she abused them and used offensive language, before she was arrested.

Kenny pleaded guilty to wilful destruction of property and committing a public-nuisance offence.

She told the court she believed the woman whose car she had wrecked had damaged her home by setting it on fire, smashing the windows and kicking the walls in. She also claimed the woman had once kidnapped her dog.

"I understand I took things into my own hands and I know I shouldn't have done that," Kenny said.

"But things have got to the point where it's not a joke any more."

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said the reasons behind Kenny's actions didn't justify her behaviour.

Kenny was convicted and fined $750.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court



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