Honiton woman remanded in custody

Sharon Thornton pleads guilty to burglary after entering disabled pensioner’s flat and smashing it up.

A WOMAN who smashed up a flat belonging to a disabled man in Honiton during a revenge attack has been remanded in custody.

Sharon Tracy Thornton, of no fixed abode, appeared at Central Devon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 3, and pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

The court heard that the 38-year-old entered the property at around 1pm on May 2 and police received anonymous reports that she was smashing up a flat, in Westcott Way.

When police arrived they found the door lock had been forced open and Thornton was banging on the door with a walking frame.

On gaining access to the property, officers found a number of kitchen appliances on the ground.

The prosecution read out a comment from one of the responding officers who said the flat was “trashed”.

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Thornton then pulled a water hose from the back of a washing machine and proceeded to spray officers with water before they managed to restrain and arrest her.

The court also heard that there was damage to electrical items, including water damage to a television, which had not been quantified. During the time of the incident, officers noted that Thornton smelled of alcohol. The court heard, during a formal interview Thornton admitted she had entered the flat by kicking in the door and trashed the place to get back at the occupant, who was out at the time of the incident.

Thornton will appear at Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, June 3.