A 26-YEAR-OLD woman has been ordered to pay out more than £1,000 after assaulting her boyfriend and smashing a TV.

Worcester Magistrates Court yesterday heard how an argument between Chloe Warner and her then boyfriend James Edwards resulted in her throwing an ashtray at a TV, smashing both, and hitting him and throwing cups of tea and coffee over him.

Mr Edwards had picked Miss Warner up from a meal with work colleagues in Worcester to take her back to the house they shared in Lower Wick on the evening of October 19 last year.

When the two returned home, Warner went straight to bed, saying she was unwell while Mr Edwards put the kettle on. When he went upstairs to check on her, she became verbally abusive and threw an ashtray, damaging the television built into the couple’s bed.

In her defence, Warner claimed Mr Edwards was “in a mood” when he picked her up and that when they got home there was a “tense atmosphere”.

Warner – formerly of Clerkenwell Crescent, Malvern but now living in a houseboat in Worcester, the court heard – also said Mr Edwards was “controlling” and that she had wanted to get out of the relationship.

Following the argument, Mr Edwards slept on the sofa downstairs for most of the night before returning to the bedroom later. In the morning the row continued, with Warner hurling objects at Mr Edwards including cups of tea and coffee and a glass ashtray, which smashed when it hit the wall, before aiming blows at his head and pulling his hair.

Following the incident, Mr Edwards called the police and was told to leave the house.

Warner also left the house after contacting a friend via Facebook who advised her to leave.

Warner denied four charges – two of assault by beating and two of criminal damage – but magistrates found her guilty of all of them.

Chair of the bench Patricia Richards told Warner: “We do not find your evidence credible.”

Warner was fined £415 with costs of £625, compensation of £250 and a £41 victim surcharge.