Woman in Court Accused of Ram-raiding Council Offices on Mobility Scooter

Nurjie Sela, 59 also allegedly squirted oil over council and solicitors' offices

A 59 year-old woman from Shepherd's Bush has appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court charged with ram-raiding doors of council offices on her mobility scooter after staff refused to answer her phone calls.

Nurjie Sela allegedly staged the raid by repeatedly reversing into the locked front doors of Hammersmith and Fulham council offices, according to the Evening Standard.

She then squirted oil over the floor, walls computers and desks and drove off on the scooter before police arrived.

Sela then made off to the offices of Farrell, Matthews and Weir in Hammersmith Broadway and drove into the building before again squirting oil from a plastic bottle.

She caused £3,000 of damage at the council office and another £200 of damage at the solicitors.

Prosecutor Aimee Emby said: “On the 23rd September at around 6pm the defendant attended the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham council office.

“The allegation is at she used her mobility scooter to reverse repeatedly into the front doors causing them to fall inwards.

“She then squirted liquid over the walls, floor, computers and desks.”

After briefly leaving she returned to continue her assault on the building, the court heard.

Security staff tried to calm her down but she zoomed off, Ms Emby told the court.

“At 6:15pm she went to Farrell, Matthews and Weir solicitors on Hammersmith Broadway. Again she used the bottle of liquid to squirt on the stairs, floor and walls.

“The liquid is said to be cooking oil,” said Ms Emby.

Sela, who followed proceedings with the help of an Albanian interpreter, admits to going to both locations but denies criminal damage.

She said she acted after the council and the solicitors did not respond to her phone calls or when she tried to talk to them directly.

“I did it because they did not answer,” she said.

The court heard that the allegation centres on a dispute with social services stretching back three years.

Sela, of Uxbridge Road denies two charges of criminal damage.

Chair of the magistrates bench Tim MacAndrews released her on bail to next appear at City of London Magistrates’ Court for trial on January 11 next year.

November 18, 2016