Millionaire hauled into court after throwing road sign at Range Rover
A millionaire from Gerrards Cross found herself in court after throwing a road sign at a Range Rover when she rushed to her sister's aid during her messy divorce battle.
Lisa Godfrey, 51, faced one count of criminal damage after the 'fracas' outside her sister Dawn Bodimeade's £750,000 house in Ruislip, west London.
She had driven from the £2m home she shares with her trader husband in Gerrards Cross after Dawn's ex had arrived with his new girlfriend to clear the former marital home.
Former England squash player Martin Bodimeade and his new partner Stephanie Mildenstein had already removed items including two Chinese 'Ming' vases, a collection of Pokémon cards, a cocktail making kit, a limited edition James Bond bottle of Belvedere vodka and a dog bed.
Dawn called her sister from hospital where she had an appointment after her son had rung to say that his dad and girlfriend had locked him in the house after changing the locks.
The row began when Mr Bodimeade arrived with a court order on May 1 to clear the house so it could be sold for the divorce settlement.
But it ended with Godfrey throwing the circular traffic sign at the windscreen of Miss Mildenstein's 4x4 and police arriving.
Ealing Magistrates' Court heard Miss Mildenstein was “sh****** herself” when she was approached by Godfrey and sister Dawn outside the house which Dawn had been living in with her two children from the 28-year marriage.
Mrs Godfrey said she threw the road sign at Miss Mildenstein's car in self-defence because she thought she and her sister were going to be run over by the blue Range Rover as they stood outside on the corner of a nearby road by some road works.
A judge acquitted Godfrey of criminal damage totalling £2,287.80 because he “could not be sure of what happened” that afternoon.
The court heard Ms Mildenstein was driving up and down the residential road after the row looking for Mr Bodimeade after he was “dragged” out of the passenger seat by his estranged wife.
But her account was disputed by Godfrey and her younger sister who said she had been driving up and down the road “at speed” to intimidate and scare them.
In her evidence, Godfrey said: "I was at my home address in Gerrards Cross and the phone rang. I answered and it was my sister and she said 'Lisa is there any way you could go over to my house, Kai's there and Martin has come with his girlfriend and they have locked him inside of the house.'
"I immediately grabbed my car keys. When I got there my nephew opened the window and said he couldn't get out.
"We were in a conversation through the window, then this big car came up. Stephanie Mildenstein was driving and Martin got out the passenger side and he had a piece of paper.
"He said the 'court has given me an order to clean the house to prepare it for sale and I have changed the locks'."
Godfrey said her sister's divorce battle had been “bitter” after Bodimeade left her sister five years ago and had not had contact with the family since.
She said: "His girlfriend started to shout out of the car window at us as we were speaking. She shouted 'Martin don't f****** speak to her'. I suggested we speak around the side of the house.
"But then I saw the car was loaded up with stuff and I asked what all of it was doing in there.
"At that point my nephew said 'you have taken my brand new dog bed I bought yesterday and a bottle of vodka'. Martin went to the car which Stephanie had moved down the road and he returned shortly afterwards - bringing them with him."
Dawn Bodimeade was then said to have arrived on the street and approached the Range Rover, by which time Mr Bodimeade had returned to the passenger seat.
Miss Mildenstein told the court her partner was “dragged out of the car” by his “screaming and shouting” estranged wife.
She then sped off down the road leaving him behind, the court heard, because she was afraid Mrs Godfrey and her stepson would also drag her out of the car as they ran towards them.
Miss Mildenstein said: "I was thinking, 'oh my god they are going to drag me out of the car' so I just drove off up the road.
"Lisa Godfrey is then coming towards me, shaking her head looking really menacing. She has come up to the car shouting. So I call the police.
"She's climbed up the car, bashing the car with her fists on the bonnet. At that point she came up to the grille.
"She's just shouting obscenities. I have never seen anything like it. All I can think is 'Christ, they are going to rip me out next'. She was looking at me through the window and she looked mental to be honest.
"She came up off the bonnet and she was leaning against it as if to say 'I'm not moving.' At this point Dawn Bodimeade is coming down the road.
"I took my foot off the brake really slowly and it nudges her. Just to say 'back off', then she has moved."
But Mrs Godfrey told the court she had approached the car because she believed her former brother-in-law had gotten out of the car and pushed Ms Bodimeade to the floor.
After driving back up the road and turning because of a dead end, Miss Mildenstein again saw the two sisters standing on the corner of a pavement with their back to some gas roadworks.
Miss Mildenstein said: "As I go back up the road I see Lisa coming toward me with a great big plastic sign. It was like a big flat plastic heavy sign.
"She was holding it and going 'yeah, yeah' and shaking her head. She looked mental. I tried to reverse but there's now three cars behind me because everyone's coming home from work.
"So I can't go back. I managed to go around her. She's carrying the sign and as I have got up level to go around she has just thrown it and it has hit the passenger side, the left side lower corner of the windscreen. I was in shock actually.
"I couldn't believe it was happening and in broad daylight as well as in a residential street.”
In her defence Godfrey said: "We were standing on the opposite side of the road, we thought we were safe there. Then we heard the car coming and it was coming faster, doing zig-zags.
"She used someone's dropped curb to go up the pavement so she had two wheels on the pavement and two on the road.
"When it got really close to me there was a sign to show pedestrians the path was closed.
"I picked the sign up, thinking if she sees me pick it up she will stop. I actually thought she was going to kill me.
"I did throw it at the car to stop her. As it impacted the car, it hit the bottom left hand passenger side of the windscreen, then it fell on the side of the windscreen then it fell on the floor and she stopped.
"I had nowhere to run to because of the road works and when she was a short distance from us. As far as I'm concerned that car was no different from her coming at me with a gun."
Asked if she told an emergency call handler that she was going to 'run those c**** over', Miss Mildenstein said "I probably did say that. I was really angry."
District Judge Kwame Inyundo said: "My decision is that this unhappy situation has arisen out of an unhappy family break up. In those circumstances emotions are heightened, feelings are amplified. People behave in ways people would not ordinarily.”
Godfrey was acquitted of one count of criminal damage.
Bucks Free Press
Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times
Bucks Free Press
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:33:44 +0000
LIVE: Latest news, traffic and weather
A new picture of a David Schwimmer lookalike from Slough wanted in connection with fraud and theft is released by police. original article
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:50:00 +0000
Tributes paid to 'old school copper' killed in motorbike crash on his way home from work
The heartbroken brother of a policeman who served the public for 27 years before he was killed in a motorbike crash on his way home from work has told of his “honour” at standing “shoulder to shoulder” with him in an emotional family tribute.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:26:19 +0000
Billionaire's grandson withdraws plans for footpath fencing near his mansion after criticism from conservationists
The grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty has withdrawn plans for 6ft fencing and electronic gates along a cherished public footpath near his home following criticism from ramblers and conservationists.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:16:57 +0000
WEATHER ALERT: Ice warning put in place for Bucks
The Met Office has issued a weather alert warning of ice in Bucks overnight.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:07:50 +0000
Major £750k roadworks get underway at busy junction
A major roadworks project at a busy High Wycombe junction has got underway today.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:41 +0000
PICTURES AND VIDEO: Veterans help celebrate launch of new 1940s-inspired cafe
A unique new cafe in High Wycombe is giving visitors a chance to step back in time to the 1940s - and celebrated its grand opening with veterans and the mayor on Saturday.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:22:00 +0000
Beaconsfield Tories chairman speaks out amid controversy around MP's Brexit views
The Tory chairman in Dominic Grieve’s constituency has spoken out amid controversy surrounding his views on Brexit.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:15:44 +0000
Former HS2 boss to face tough questions on controversial rail project
Former HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan will face tough questions in the House of Lords tomorrow - and will be asked if the controversial project can be delivered with the £56 billion budget.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:41:18 +0000
Former lawyer takes on top police role
A former lawyer has taken on a top police role as commander for Chiltern and South Bucks.original article
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:05:12 +0000
Royal seal of approval for air ambulance as Countess of Wessex named patron
The Countess of Wessex has given Thames Valley Air Ambulance a royal seal of approval after being named its patron.original article
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:00:00 +0000
Harry Redknapp set to lift the lid on life in the Jungle
Fresh from his triumph on I’m A Celebrity, Harry Redknapp is taking to the stage to lift the lid on what life was really like in the Australian jungle.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000
Former civil servant celebrates a century with loved ones
A former civil servant celebrated her 100th birthday this month surrounded by friends and family.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000
Pupils celebrate after winning coveted 2nd place in maths competition
After weeks of hard work, tough mathematical training and three days of intense competitions, four High Wycombe pupils were named runners up in a national maths competition.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
OPINION: Preparation is key to winter weather fight
Health and winter advice from the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bucks Free Press readers:
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Looking back at how Sands became Sands
This week we begin a new series of articles planned for this year about the history of the villages and similar conurbations around High Wycombe.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Stunned woman 'unearths' engagement ring in romantic proposal
A romantic boyfriend sprung a surprise proposal on his stunned girlfriend - by letting her ‘discover’ an engagement ring during a metal detecting outing.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Cat adopted by kind resident set to celebrate 21st birthday
A cat that was adopted by a kind-hearted resident 20 years ago is set to celebrate her 21st birthday this month.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Letters from Westminster: NHS has got to embrace reform and make more use of digital technology
David Lidington, MP for Aylesbury, writes exclusively to Bucks Free Press readers:
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:15:02 +0000
Car flips over on busy dual carriageway
A car flipped over on its roof on a busy dual carriageway this morning.original article
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
School's new chair of governors vows to uphold 'legacy of care and support'
A new chair of governors at a High Wycombe school has vowed to uphold the school’s “legacy of care and support” for children of all-abilities.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Plans for new incinerator at glass plant given green light
Plans to install a new incinerator at a glass processing plant in High Wycombe have been given the green light.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000
HOTEL REVIEW: Luxury setting is more than just a private members' club
Rating: Four stars
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:02:20 +0000
Legal proceedings could be brought against government after latest unitary development sparks fury
Legal proceedings could be brought against the government after there was .original article
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Beloved ballets to take centre stage in Bucks
Renowned dance company Moscow City Ballet is set to return to the UK and delight audiences in Bucks with its dramatic traditional storytelling.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Firms warn of dangers of no-deal Brexit on farmers
Agricultural landlords and tenants have joined forced to warn MPs of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Young woman celebrates after buying first home at tender age of 20
Three years ago when many of her friends were dreaming of heading off to university, 17-year-old Emma Piercy was living at home with her parents in Walters Ash, building up her savings from what she earned in her full time job to achieve her ambition of getting on the property ladder.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Convent transformed into plush new flats
Buyers have the first chance this weekend to take a look at a collection of 12 apartments newly converted from a one-time convent.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:04:33 +0000
Hundreds of irresponsible motorists arrested during campaign against drink and drug driving
Hundreds of irresponsible motorists were caught during a police crack down on drink and drug driving.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:54:45 +0000
Another busy road closed following 'serious' crash
Another busy road has been closed after a “serious” crash involving two vehicles.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:50:00 +0000
Police hunt for man after man in 50s 'suffers fractured skull'
Police are hunting for a man who they want to speak to after a man in his 50s suffered a fractured skull when he was allegedly punched in High Wycombe.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:46:46 +0000
Three people injured after three-car crash closes busy road
Three people have been injured after a three-car crash shut a busy road.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:05:51 +0000
Rush hour motorway crash shuts three lanes
Three lanes had to be shut on the M25 during rush hour following a crash.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000
Street beggars moved on 700 times in just one month
Street beggars were moved on 700 times in just one month in High Wycombe town centre.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:30:00 +0000
Tributes to 'hugely liked and respected' police officer killed in motorbike crash
The county council has paid tribute to a Chesham police officer who was killed in a motorbike crash this week.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:30:00 +0000
'VANITY PROJECT': New cemetery plan is slammed by residents
Plans for a new cemetery for High Wycombe have been slammed by residents as an “unwanted vanity project”.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:20:00 +0000
Man charged with sex attacks on five women
A 53-year-old man has appeared in court charged with carrying out sex attacks on five women between 2009 and 2014.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Plans for new flats in town centre given green light despite parking fears
Plans to build flats behind the site that was widely tipped to be a new Marks and Spencer store in Marlow have been given the green light – despite concerns about parking.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:00 +0000
IN THE DOCK: Weekly round-up of court hearings at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court
Weekly round-up of hearings at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court:
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:30:00 +0000
TV star Dame Esther Rantzen to meet retirement home residents
Lucky Marlovians will have the chance to meet one of Britain’s favourite TV personalities, Dame Esther Rantzen, when she comes to the town next month.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:30:00 +0000
Fraudsters clone council's debit card and try to spend more than £360 online
A new debit card had to be issued to Marlow Town Council after fraudsters cloned the original and attempted to spend more than £360 in total online.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
New unitary authority will be ‘a new chapter in town's history'
Marlow’s mayor has welcomed the new county-wide unitary council for Buckinghamshire, saying there will be “many positive gains” from the decision.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:00:00 +0000
Outrage after syringe is found dumped in the street
A syringe that appeared to contain a substance was found dropped in the street in High Wycombe – prompting outrage from residents who say nothing is being done to solve the problem.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:03:25 +0000
JAILED: Sex attacker who brutally assaulted elderly widow minutes after trying to kidnap schoolgirl is put behind bars
An attacker who sexually assaulted an elderly widow just minutes after trying to kidnap a schoolgirl has been jailed for more than 11 years this week.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:05:34 +0000
Meet the candidates standing for the latest by-election in Bucks
This week Bucks County Council announced the candidates who will stand in next month’s by-election for the Totteridge and Bowerdean ward.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:08:04 +0000
Abandoned pooch thrown from moving van saved
An abused and abandoned dog who was thrown from a moving van has been saved thanks to a High Wycombe vet clinic.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:48:06 +0000
Action taken to recruit adoptive families in Bucks after council failed to hit targets
The leader of the county council’s children’s services says action has been taken to recruit more adoptive families in Bucks – original article
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:12:13 +0000
'Widespread concern' over 'bogus' council plans to overhaul short break services for disabled
There is “widespread serious concern” among carers and people with disabilities over original article
Last updated by System Admin on 27th August, 2018