Re­venge doesn’t pay

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS / WELCOME - An­nie Perets

A BIT­TER woman who sought re­venge on her cheat­ing part­ner did not get the end­ing she had hoped for.

In­stead, Biggen­den woman Bar­bara Lor­raine Rod­well lost con­trol on a dirt road and rolled her car into a creek shortly af­ter the ram­ming.

She suf­fered per­ma­nent back in­juries from the crash, a court has heard.

The woman came out look­ing the vil­lain fol­low­ing her res­cue from the creek as she was slapped with a num­ber of crim­i­nal charges in­clud­ing drink-drink­ing.

Rod­well avoided jail this week af­ter plead­ing guilty in Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court to four charges.

Proudly stat­ing she was “62-years-young”, she told Mag­is­trate Terry Duroux “don’t get cranky” as he be­gan to speak sternly to her.

The court heard in the lead-up to the ram­ming on Septem­ber 29, Rod­well had been drink­ing away her sor­rows at a pub in Biggen­den af­ter find­ing out her hus­band had cheated on her while she was away on hol­i­days.

Rod­well then drove to the man’s home, mowed down a gate and drove into his parked car, caus­ing $1499.50 of dam­age to it.

She mea­sured an al­co­hol read­ing of .138 af­ter be­ing res­cued from the creek.

There was a pas­sen­ger in the car dur­ing the whirl­wind or­deal.

Lawyer Travis Ge­orge said his client un­der­stood her ac­tions were se­ri­ous, es­pe­cially af­ter the in­juries she sus­tained.

“This is not like the movies, you can’t just get in the car and think you can smash into some­one else’s car and drive away laugh­ing with your girl­friends,” he said.

Rod­well was sen­tenced to five months in jail, wholly sus­pended for two years.

She was fined $1100 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for seven months.

She must pay for the man’s car to be fixed.

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