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Lockerbie disaster victim appears in Solihull Magistrates Court for criminal damage.

A LOCKERBIE bombing victim who lost her family during the disaster, aged just eight, went on a wrecking spree in a Solihull store, magistrates heard.

A LOCKERBIE bombing victim who lost her family during the disaster, aged just eight, went on a wrecking spree in a Solihull store, magistrates heard.

Davina Chapman, whose mother, father and sister were killed after the plane crashed into her home in 1988, caused over £100 worth of damage at the Body Shop in Mill Lane on October 12.

Following her arrest, the 32-year-old told police ‘it was either this or I would have killed someone,’ borough Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Fiona Davis, prosecuting, said Chapman entered the store and smashed a mirror before pushing over units and damaging cosmetic items.

“The manager of the shop said she appeared extremely angry and was shouting. The manager said she felt quite scared at this point. The defendant was arrested and it is said she appeared to be drunk,” Ms Davis added.

Chapman, who now lives in Shannon Road, Kings Norton, was brought up in Glasgow and following her parents’ death, she was raised by her grandparents.

Her solicitor, Sam Christopher, said his client turned to drink at the age of nine.

He added: “This is a very sad set of circumstances indeed. She would take drink from her grandparents’ cabinet. She has suffered kidney failure and dialysis but she has taken steps to address her drink problem.”

Chapman, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage, was fined £105, told to pay compensation of £132 and £20 victim surcharge.

 

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