Nurjie Sela reversed into the locked front doors of Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Nurjie Sela, 59, repeatedly reversed into the locked front doors of Hammersmith and Fulham Council offices in west London.
She then trundled to the nearby offices of solicitors Farrell, Matthews and Weir, careering into the building before squirting oil from a plastic bottle.
The court heard she sprayed the oil over walls, computers, desks and the stairs – and fled on her mobility scooter before police arrived.
Giving evidence, Sela claimed the dispute began after her daughter, now 17, was taken away from her four years ago.
She then trundled to the nearby solicitors office
When I got to the window I saw a woman. She was shouting very loudly
Sela said she was “fed up” with the council and damaged the building to get the attention of police.
She caused £3,000 of damage at the council office and another £200 damage at the solicitors, Westminster magistrates heard.
Solicitor Steve Carter told how he did a “Tom and Jerry” routine as he slipped on the oil slick, badly bruising his knee.
Mr Carter said he had left his office to investigate after hearing raised voices downstairs. “When I got to the window I saw a woman. She was shouting very loudly,” he said.
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Mr Carter had left his office to investigate after hearing raised voices downstairs
“There was a mobility scooter just behind her.
“As she stepped back, she then placed a bottle of water into the closing doors to stop them closing.
“As I walked down I saw another bottle which I didn’t appreciate the significance of at the time.
“As I walked down it became clear that it was oil.
The judge found Sela guilty on two counts of criminal damage and one of assault
“I lost my footing on the stairs and nearly fell down them.
“I did a Tom and Jerry, lost my footing and managed not to fall over – which was good because it was a stone staircase.”
Mr Carter said he seriously hurt his knee during the drama. Emily Maunders, prosecuting, described Sela’s spraying oil on the bottom three steps as a “booby trap”.
Cross-examined by Ms Maunders, Sela admitted ramming the council offices and spraying oil around the law firm’s offices.
Judge John Zani found Sela guilty of two counts of criminal damage and one of assault.
She was released on bail pending sentence next Thursday after the judge described the offences as “serious and unpleasant”.