Raging Tenant Sprayed Graffiti Branding Her Landlord a ‘Rapist’ on His BMW Causing £17,000 of Damage After he Kicked Her Out of Her Home
Dalina Pop, 34, told jurors she painted the words ‘rapist’ and ‘liar’ because Mr Miller ‘invaded my privacy, my private space and my body’
Mr Miller left his white BMW parked outside on the street.
He returned the following morning to discover his car had been daubed in red and black spray-paint with the words “f*** you”, “liar”, “rapist” and “no means no”.
Mr Miller had to pay £17,000 to get the BMW 6 series cleaned over three days.
Pop voluntarily presented herself at Charing Cross Police Station four days later before eventually admitting a single charge of criminal damage.
But she was cleared of the more serious charge of racially aggravated criminal damage after a short trial at Southwark Crown Court.
Jurors were shown photos of Mr Miller’s BMW showing the word “Arab” daubed on the roof above the driver’s seat.
Neil King, prosecuting, claimed Pop “displayed hostility towards him” due to his Persian origin which was “part of the reason for the insult”.
He added: “It is because he is from the Middle-East that this insult is sprayed on the roof of this car.
“It is written in the same ink, on the same car, at the same time.”
But giving evidence Pop denied she knew the difference “between Persian and Arab”.
The Romanian theatre student broke down as she accused her victim of being “very set on destroying my career”.
She told jurors she painted the words “rapist” and “liar” because Mr Miller “invaded my privacy, my private space and my body”.
No further action was taken against Mr Miller after he was interviewed by police in relation to Pop’s claims.
She said: “If I wanted to hurt him I would have talked to his girlfriend and told her he brings about ten different women to his apartment each month.
“That probably would have hurt him, but writing ‘Arab’ on his car?”
Judge Stephen Robbin agreed to adjourn sentencing for five weeks until November 20 to allow her to return to her studies at a university in New York.
The prosecutor explained that there were no sentencing guidelines for the offence but a compensation schedule had been prepared detailing the £17,000 worth of damage to the BMW.
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