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Kung Fool Woman who karate kicked ex’s door in jealous rage has history of putting her foot in it

We can reveal Culloo has used her feet as ‘weapons’ before, having been convicted of kicking a woman in 2016 and then kicking a police officer who came to arrest her.

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Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

A woman who “kung fu kicked” her ex-partner’s front door into his face in a jealous rage will have to wait a full year for ‘closure’.

A judge has decided to wait until April 2022 before sentencing Michelle Culloo – in the hope the Banbridge woman will keep her ‘feet of fury’ to herself.

But we can reveal Culloo has used her feet as ‘weapons’ before, having been convicted of kicking a woman in 2016 and then kicking a police officer who came to arrest her.

And she was convicted of another assault just 12 months ago for which she received a suspended sentence which could have been activated after this fresh attack.

The 35-year-old, of Legion Court, went to her ex-partner’s house last July after hearing he had started a relationship with another woman.

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Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

Michelle Culloo has been given a year to improve her behaviour

After he refused to let her in, she started banging windows and when he still refused, she aimed a martial arts-style kick at the front door.

Culloo appeared this week at Craigavon Magistrates Court for sentencing having pleaded guilty to assaulting her ex. Her barrister asked that the deputy district judge view the assault as one born out of “recklessness” rather than intent.

A prosecution solicitor outlined that on July 15, police received a report of disturbances at an address in Lurgan between 7pm and 8pm.

This defendant had attended her ex-partner’s property. CCTV showed her banging on rear windows to gain entry, but she was refused.

At 7.39pm, the footage showed Culloo “effectively kung fu kicked” the front door which swung back, hitting her ex-partner in the head, leaving him with bruising and a cut to his left eyebrow.

The defendant was arrested but during interview she made no comment to all questions, only speaking to state that the CCTV did not have audio so it was not known what had been said.

Prosecution informed the court that on August 14 2019, less than a year earlier, Culloo had been handed a suspended sentence for common assault.

Defence barrister Conor Lunny stated that the defendant had a “bipolar” diagnosis but admitted that her “voluntary” consumption of alcohol did not work well with her “stabilising medication”.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes said Culloo had gone to this address to “confront her ex-partner about a new relationship”.

Mr Lunny asked that the judge view this as an assault born out of “recklessness” rather than intent.

Deferring sentencing until next April, Judge Holmes told the defendant: “I am giving you one chance and one chance only.”

But we can reveal Culloo has form for using her feet and fists to sort out disputes.

In 2016 she appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court and was convicted of assaulting a female and a police officer. She was put on probation for nine months with the condition she attends the alcohol and drug counselling programme.

Police had been called to an address in Lurgan and when they turned up they saw Culloo sitting in the front garden.

A drunk Culloo told police “don’t you f**king touch me,” before she kicked an officer on the leg.

The other injured party said there had been a barbecue at the house and Culloo kicked her also, causing her to fall to the ground.

Culloo now has 13 months to behave herself but if she kicks out at anyone else it’s likely the judge will have no choice but to send her to jail – where the doors can’t be kicked in so easily.

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