Fenchurch Street station cleaner, 32, is jailed for 10 months for spiking her boss’s coffee with cleaning fluid after being told off
- Aurora Iacomi put cleaning fluid in manager’s drink at Fenchurch Street station
- Judge said incident was act of ‘revenge’ after manager had told her off at work
- Iacomi, 32, of Redbridge, east London pleaded guilty to administering a noxious substance with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy at Inner London Crown Court
Fenchurch Street station cleaner Aurora Iacomi (pictured), 32, poured the liquid into her manager Angelina Raychinova’s flask at the central London station on April 22.
A London station cleaner who spiked her supervisor’s coffee with cleaning fluid as an act of ‘revenge’ after she was given a telling off has been jailed for 10 months.
Fenchurch Street station cleaner Aurora Iacomi, 32, poured the liquid into her manager Angelina Raychinova’s flask at the central London station on April 22.
A court heard how Iacomi tried to justify her actions as a ‘prank’, intended to annoy her victim, who had left her feeling ‘humiliated’ through a telling off at work.
But at a sentencing hearing at Inner London Crown Court, Judge Benedict Kelleher said Iacomi, of Redbridge, east London, was motivated by ‘revenge’.
Judge Kelleher also said she had not taken care to know the level of risk her actions entailed.
He sentenced Iacomi, a university graduate originally from Romania who had no previous convictions, to 10-months in prison.
Prosecutor Philip Allman told the court that there had been a ‘history of work-related tension’ between Iacomi and her colleague in the build up to the incident.
He explained that between 3.20pm and 4pm on the day of the incident, Ms Raychinova had left her flask in the cleaners’ compound within the station.
‘When she returned, she took a sip from the coffee flask, immediately felt a burning sensation on her lips and spat out the contents,’ Mr Allman said.
Ms Raychinova said she ‘smelt cleaning fluid’ that was used to remove chewing gum from floors, the court heard.
Mr Allman also said Ms Raychinova had ‘previous issues with one colleague, this defendant’.
Police examined CCTV footage, searched lockers and examined the coffee flask and its contents.
A court heard how Iacomi tried to justify her actions as a ‘prank’, intended to annoy her victim, who had left her feeling ‘humiliated’ through a telling off at work. But at a sentencing hearing at Inner London Crown Court, Judge Benedict Kelleher said Iacomi was motivated by ‘revenge’
Samples were also taken from a bottle of cleaning fluid, Mr Allman explained.
He said the CCTV showed ‘this defendant entering the cleaners’ compound during the time that the flask was left unattended’.
‘On the CCTV, she could be seen holding a plastic bottle and moving it towards where the coffee flask was.’
Iacomi, originally from Romania, told police she was ‘having trouble’ with Ms Raychinova and had been subject to an internal disciplinary hearing at her company.
Ms Raychinova supervised Iacomi’s work at the station but worked for a different company.
‘She explained that she was not very fond of Ms Raychinova,’ Mr Allman said.
He told the court that Iacomi had initially admitted to police entering the compound that afternoon but denied putting anything in the coffee, despite later pleading guilty to the offence.
Mr Allman said the substance dropped into the drink was Graffi Green, which was ‘cleaning liquid to remove graffiti’.
He told the court that Iacomi had received training on hazardous substances and the ‘danger or hazard that attaches to them’.
Flavia Kenyon, mitigating, said Iacomi was from a ‘law-abiding, decent, hard-working family in Romania’ and a university graduate.
‘She found herself on that afternoon acting out of impulse,’ Ms Kenyon said.
‘This is not a premediated act, it’s not as if she put herself with that bottle at home to go to work with the intent to cause the victim harm.’
Ms Kenyon added: ‘It was a prank. Thoughtless? Yes. Reckless? Yes. Stupid? Yes, and she has paid a very heavy price for her stupidity.’
She explained Iacomi had lost her job, highlighting it would be difficult for her to find a new one in the current economic climate.
Ms Kenyon said Iacomi wanted to ‘apologise to the victim’ and that she ‘did not intend to cause the victim any harm’.
She explained that during a work break, Ms Raychinova had approached her and ‘told her off in front of everybody else’, leaving Iacomi feeling ‘belittled and humiliated’.
Iacomi had placed a ‘tiny drop’ of the liquid in Ms Raychinova’s flask ‘to spoil and to ruin her coffee break in order to annoy her’, Ms Kenyon said.
Iacomi had placed a ‘tiny drop’ of the liquid in Ms Raychinova’s flask at Fenchurch Station (pictured) ‘to spoil and to ruin her coffee break in order to annoy her’, Ms Kenyon said
She emphasised that the cleaning fluid ‘isn’t toxic’ and was ‘an alcohol-based substance, not acid’ which is described as ‘a mild irritant’.
Sentencing, Judge Kelleher said it was ‘clear’ from the case that Iacomi felt ‘unfairly treated’ by her victim and ‘wanted revenge’.
He said Iacomi’s actions were ‘premeditated’ and intended to cause ‘some harm’ because of a ‘grudge’ she held.
The judge highlighted that Iacomi ‘did not know the level of risk’ she was exposing Ms Raychinova to.
He told her: ‘In my judgement, an ordinary person would assume that liquid used for the cleaning off of graffiti could be damaging if ingested.
‘You suggested that your actions were a prank and the author did not accept that explanation and neither do I.
‘You felt unfairly treated at work by Mr Raychinova and wanted revenge.
He added: ‘Your actions were premeditated and your intention was clearly to cause some harm.
‘It was a premeditated offence and your intention was to cause harm.
‘This was a case in which you deliberately set out to cause injury to a colleague because you bore a grudge against her and did not know the level of risk you exposed her too.’
She pleaded guilty to one count of administering a noxious substance with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy.
The prosecution chose not to pursue a charge of administering poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life, to which Iacomi entered a not guilty plea.
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