After becoming enraged on a drink-fuelled night-out, Caitlin Fowler, 21, from York, took a photograph of herself with the tool and captioned it: ‘He will learn, I will do prison, he will learn.’
A jilted ex-girlfriend took a chilling selfie with a pickaxe before using the tool to smash her way into her former partner’s home in the dead of night.
After becoming enraged on a drink-fuelled night out, Caitlin Fowler, from York, took a photograph of herself with the tool and captioned it: ‘He will learn, I will do prison, he will learn.’
The 21-year-old then used it to smash her way into her ex-partner’s home before fighting with him and his family at the top of their staircase, in what a judge described as a ‘nightmarish scene’.
Appearing at York Crown Court this week, Fowler was jailed for 32 months for aggravated burglary.
The court heard how the incident took place on January 17 last year after Fowler had been on a drink-fuelled night out in York city centre.
Michael Bosomworth, prosecuting, said Fowler was drunk at the end of an evening and began behaving aggressively.
She got upset as she sent her former boyfriend text messages, the court heard.
Fowler was sent home in a taxi by her sister, but she immediately set off to her former boyfriend’s house – sparking her concerned family to ring the police.
Fowler went into the garden shed at her boyfriend’s home and got the pickaxe at 11.30pm.
‘She then proceeded to break into the house using the pickaxe to smash a way through the kitchen patio door,’ Mr Bosomworth said.
Her ex-boyfriend confronted her at the top of the stairs and tried to restrain her.
His parents had been woken by the noise and became involved in the melee on the landing.
Appearing at York Crown Court (pictured) this week, Fowler was jailed for 32 months for aggravated burglary
Both parents suffered minor injuries as she kicked out and struggled before police arrived five minutes later and arrested her.
In sentencing, Recorder Sean Morris, told her: ‘This was a terrifying ordeal for your victims. It was a nightmarish scene.’
Fowler, of York, admitted aggravated burglary and sobbed as she was jailed for 32 months.
She was banned from contacting her ex-boyfriend or his parents for 10 years under a restraining order.
The judge took into account that she had ‘come to her senses’ in the house and dropped the pickaxe once she was inside.
The court also heard Fowler had written letters of apology to her victims and was remorseful.
Fowler’s barrister Sean Smith said his client had mental health issues at the time for which she was not getting treatment.