Mayals woman sentenced after slashing tyres of Swansea pharmacist Kevin Thomas
A "CRAZED" woman who slashed the tyres of her former best friend's estranged husband's car has appeared in the dock.
Jeannine Chellew, 46, drunkenly went to the home of Kevin Thomas on December 16.
Mr Thomas, who runs a group of pharmacies across Swansea, pulled his Mercedes car into his driveway to find Chellew's Jaguar parked there.
As he got ready to get out of the car Chellew appeared at the driver's side window and started shouting: "Get out you coward."
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She was carrying a large carving knife and was waving it, prosecutor Creighton Harvey told Swansea Crown Court.
"She appeared totally crazed and looked aggressive and Mr Thomas said he was terrified at that point," said Mr Harvey.
As he sat in the car he saw her slash all four of his car's tyres.
He tried to reverse away but collided with a lamppost.
Chellew admitted having a bladed article in a public place, namely two kitchen knives and a carving knife, and a charge of criminal damage. She had pleaded not guilty to a charge of common assault, a plea the prosecution accepted.
The court was told the Chellew and Thomas families had been friends for 12 years and Mrs Thomas and Chellew had been business partners but their friendships turned sour during the break-down of the Thomas's marriage.
Gregory Bull QC, representing Chellew, of Westward Close, Mayals, said his client maintained she had been "played" during the Thomas's divorce.
"This was a highly unusual incident borne out of drink, frustration and temper," said Mr Bull.
Recorder Nicholas Gareth Jones sentenced her to a community order consisting of 150 hours unpaid work.
"You have lost your good name in the community. I don't think this offending needs to be marked by a prison sentence but I do think it's serious enough for a community sentence to be passed," the judge told her.
A restraining order was also made, banning Chellew from contacting Mr Thomas.