UK: Ex-wife jailed for sinking husband’s £90,000 luxury cruiser
PUBLISHED: 15:24 06 October 2011
UK: A woman was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey today after admitting sinking her husband’s £90,000 luxury cruiser on Valentine’s Day.
Mandy Fleming, 47, pleaded guilty last month to recklessly endangering life by damaging the Double Dragon.
She is now divorced from haulage company director Adam Fleming, 42, the Old Bailey heard.
The cruiser was said to be Mr Fleming’s pride and joy, and boasted a king-size bed and bar.
It went down in Brighton Marina in 2004 after holes were drilled in the hull following the couple’s marriage breakdown.
Mr Fleming took a case out against his wife in the High Court for £55,000 damages after the vessel was dredged up.
Fleming, of High Street, Sheerness, Kent, had initially denied damaging the vessel.
The couple met in Wales in the mid-1990s and were married on Turtle Bay Beach in Florida in 2002. They were divorced three years later.
Fleming had also been charged with plotting to kill her husband by hiring a hitman to shoot him, but the charge was dropped last month.
The court was told that the allegation had been based on the allegations of supergrass Gary Eaton who had since been proved to be unreliable and a liar.
He had earlier this year been discredited in the failed prosecution of four men accused of murdering private detective Daniel Morgan.
Eaton, 53, a career criminal, offered to give evidence in both cases after signing a supergrass deal.
He admitted being part of the alleged plot to kill Mr Fleming and his sentence was reduced from 27 years to three years in 2008.
But he never gave evidence in either case because both judges said he was capable of making up evidence.
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