The words ‘whore’ [see photo] and ‘b**ch’ were scratched into the paintwork of the car. *Photo supplied
The words ‘whore’ [see photo] and ‘b**ch’ were scratched into the paintwork of the car. *Photo supplied

A woman at the centre of controversy over offensive Facebook messages says she has had her car vandalized.

The 24-year-old Hamilton woman said the words ‘whore’ [see photo] and ‘b**ch’ were scratched into the paintwork of her car sometime between Thursday and Friday of last week. The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “People have been taking pictures of my car and sending them to me — the car is parked in my yard. I reported it to the police after it happened.

Police declined to comment about the incident. We sent a series of questions yesterday but none were answered.

The insulting Facebook messages appeared to come from OBA MP Nandi Outerbridge but she has denied sending them and says her Facebook account was hacked. She has engaged a lawyer and the police have been informed.

The messages appeared on the woman’s phone “late in June”, she told us yesterday.

We reported earlier this week that Ms Outerbridge had retained law firm Marshall, Diel and Myers with a view to taking legal action.

Police

The law firm’s Katie Tornari confirmed earlier this week she was acting for Ms Outerbridge and that the matter had been reported to police.

The Hamilton woman told us yesterday: “I don’t have Facebook — they were sent by Facebook Messenger, they came directly to my phone.”

She added that she had also reported receiving the messages on her phone to police.

The police were asked for confirmation that the incidents had been reported to them. They had not responded by press time.

We tried to contact Ms Outerbridge yesterday, but without success. We also reached out to her lawyer but no public comment was forthcoming.