An Israeli executive caused more than £100,000 in damage to a hotel room in a ’90-minute siege’ at one of London’s top hotels during an ‘acute madness episode’.
Ofer Tsovan, 52, set fire to pillows and towels in Suite 212 of the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on July 24 last year, according to what jurors heard at Southwark Crown Court.
The jury found Tsofan not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge released the Israeli citizen on bail, pending another hearing tomorrow.
The court heard that Tsovan was seen by security staff in the middle of the day demanding to speak to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and take his family to the UK from Israel on a private plane, as well as tell staff to stop working.
Hotel staff called a friend of Mr. Tsofan to help with a social examination, but the Israeli businessman abused his friend for two hours until the police were called, jurors heard.
The police arrived around 9:45 pm and attempted to enter the hotel room where Mr. Tsovan shouted abuse and demanded to see his lawyer.
Mr. Tsofan then let the officers into the ward, but barricaded himself in a room while setting fires and throwing various objects at the police, including bottles and a burning book.
Ofer Tsovan, 52, caused more than £100,000 in damages to a hotel room on Park Lane in July last year.
He set fire to pillows and towels in Suite 212 of the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on July 24
The executive was wearing only black pants and covered parts of his body with shaving cream.
When Mr. Tsofan was arrested and taken to hospital, the full extent of the damage was revealed.
Tsovan destroyed three ancient Chinese cabinets, two televisions, a music system, a wooden furniture set, and multiple glass tables, the court heard.
Smoke from the room’s sprinkler system fires, causing extensive flood damage.
Three antique Chinese chests, two televisions, a music system, a wooden furniture set, and multiple glass tables were destroyed on the rampage.
Jurors also heard that artwork, furniture upholstery and three panels of wallpaper needed to be replaced due to ketchup stains. The bill totaled £108,982.85
Jurors heard that an officer was injured after a glass bottle smashed against a door near his face.
Prosecutor Christopher Jenkins said: “It is indisputable that Mr. Tsovan committed the acts of which he is accused.
Tsovan was helped after these incidents by three expert psychiatrists, and in essence the three or less agreed that Mr. Tsovan could benefit from a defense of insanity.
Mr. Tsofan was in the middle of a manic episode.
“There was an actual 90-minute siege, with Mr. Tsovan holed up in his room and the police trying to calm him down.”
The shaven-headed Tsovan appeared at Southwark Crown Court in a blue shirt and green puffer jacket, while a member of his family watched from the public gallery.
The court heard that the court heard that Tsofan bought 50 Tesla cars as a result of bipolar affective disorder in 2020, the court heard.
He had flown to London to watch the British Grand Prix days before the hotel eruption last July.
The court heard that he told a psychiatrist during his assessment that he wanted to build a city where his family and transgender people could live in peace.
Tsovan was exiled and acquitted of arson, criminal property damage, and two assaults on emergency workers, police officers, out of insanity.
The jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity on all counts.
He has been detained for nearly six months, awaiting trial.
Judge Recorder Andrew Wells, QC, has released him on bail before sentencing him tomorrow in Southwark Crown Court.