Ex-wife jailed for sinking boat
Published 06/10/2011 | 15:42
A woman has been jailed for 18 months for sinking her husband's yacht on Valentine's Day.
Mandy Fleming had gone to the Double Dragon in Brighton Marina for "menage-a-trios" with her then lover David Brown and his wife Nemone, the Old Bailey heard.
But she "lost it" after seeing her estranged husband Adam had bought a new television and other items for the boat whilst saying he did not have any money.
She drilled three holes in the hull and turned on cooker gas taps which turned the £75,000 vessel into "an explosive bomb".
Fleming of Sheerness, Kent, pleaded guilty to endangering life by causing criminal damage in 2004, when she appeared in court last month.
Old Bailey Judge Richard Hone told her: "You were a manipulative, angry and troubled individual."
Fleming wept as she was told she would have to serve half the sentence, less the two-and-a-half months she had initially spent in custody.
The court was told that turning on a light would have been enough to blow up the boat. A marina official had gone aboard to pump out water and four people had been staying on vessels nearby.
Mark Gadsden, prosecuting, said that after seeing the new electrical equipment and some bills for work which had been done on the yacht, Fleming rang Mr Fleming and berated him for spending money on the vessel.
"She returned to the shore and equipped herself with a drill which she took on to the boat and drilled three holes. Between them, they were sufficient to cause the boat to sink."