Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Jilted ex drove into bowling alley

CCTV footage shows Claire Holley crashing her ex-boyfriend's car into the Hollywood Bowl at Middlebrook in Horwich, near Bolton

A jilted lover crashed her ex-boyfriend's car into the bowling alley where he worked, a court has heard.

Spurned Claire Holley, 31, got drunk and ploughed through the glass doors in her ex's Ford Focus, coming to rest against the reception desk where he worked, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Her former boyfriend, Davy Jones, the father of one of her two children, had earlier ended the relationship and changed his Facebook status to single, the court heard.

Holley caused about £14,000-worth of damage to Hollywood Bowl at Middlebrook in Horwich, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, on January 25 this year.

Holley admitted at an earlier hearing to driving dangerously, drink-driving and two assaults on police officers as she was restrained. She was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for two years, when she appeared at the court on Wednesday and was also banned from the road for 18 months for drink-driving. Holley was also given a two-year community order with a four-month curfew between 8pm and 7am.

Geoff Whelan, prosecuting, told the court Holley and Mr Jones had been in a two-year relationship and have one child together.

On January 25 she dropped Mr Jones off at his workplace but during the evening was texting him, pleading with him not to leave and to come back home - but he turned his phone off. She also wrote on Facebook saying she was heartbroken and crushed.

Holley, of Seddon Street, Little Hulton, then left her children, aged 11 and five, with Mr Jones's sister and set off in Mr Jones's car after downing half a bottle of wine and a couple of large vodkas. Witnesses saw her parked up and revving the engine before ploughing through bollards and the glass entrance of the bowling alley at speed.

Mr Jones was seen to run towards the smashed vehicle, shouting: "You have wrecked my car!"

Recorder Robert Crawford, passing sentence, told the defendant she was spared jail by the "skin of your teeth".

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