Shooting victim Donna Small guilty of assaulting builder

  • 28 March 2014
  • From the section Bristol
Donna Small
Image caption Donna Small was left disabled after a gangland shooting in 2004

A woman left disabled after being shot in Bristol 10 years ago has been found guilty of assaulting a builder she claims "ruined" her bungalow.

Donna Small was an innocent victim of a gangland drive-by shooting in 2004 and later used compensation cash totalling £70,000 to renovate her home.

Small, 31, was convicted of assault and harassing builder Darren Finnear who she sent abusive text messages to.

Magistrates sitting in Bristol said Small's case was "distressing".

But they added that her actions were "wrong".

Small, of Horfield, was given a conditional discharge. Her mother, Jacqui Probert, was also found guilty of harassment and given a community order.

The court was told that builder Mr Finnear was hired to renovate Small's bungalow to make it more "accessible".

Image caption The court was told the bungalow was now "uninhabitable"

But Small's solicitors later terminated his contract after her home was left "uninhabitable".

The court heard the building was "in a worse condition than it had been before it [the work] began".

Both women then sent him angry and abusive text messages and Small threw a bottle of aftershave at him.

Mr Finnear, who was not in court, was contacted by the BBC but declined to comment.

Small was seriously injured in 2004 when she and her friend Asha Jama were hit by bullets shot at a car parked outside a Bristol nightclub.

Nine men were charged for the shooting and an earlier double murder in London but they were all cleared at a trial in 2006.

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