An Israeli manager caused more than £ 100,000 in a hotel room during a ’90-minute siege’ at one of London’s best hotels during an ‘acute manic episode’.
Ofer Tsofan, 52, lit pillows and towels in Suite 212 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on July 24 last year, jurors at Southwark Crown Court.
The jury found Tsofan innocent due to insanity. An Israeli citizen was released on bail until another hearing tomorrow.
The court heard Mr Tsofan around noon, who demanded to speak with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and have his family transported to the UK from Israel by private jet, and also told staff to “wash”.
Hotel staff called Mr. Tsofan’s friend to help him carry out a social check, but an Israeli businessman threw swearing at his friend for two hours until the police called, jurors heard.
Police arrived around 9:45 p.m. and tried to enter the hotel room when Mr. Tsofan shouted insults and demanded that he visit his lawyer.
Mr. Tsofan then let the officers into the suite, but barricaded himself in the room as he set fires and threw various objects at the police, including glass bottles and a burning book.
Ofer Tsofan, 52, caused more than £ 100,000 in a hotel room on Park Lane last July.
He lit pillows and towels in Suite 212 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on July 24
The leader was wearing only black pants and body parts covered with shaving cream.
When Mr Tsofan was finally arrested and taken to hospital, the full extent of the damage was revealed.
According to the court, Mr. Tsofan destroyed three antique Chinese chests, two televisions, a music system, wooden furniture and several glass tabletops.
Smoke from the fire protection system in the room causing extensive flood damage.
Three antique Chinese chests, two televisions, a music system, a set of wooden furniture and several glass tabletops were destroyed during the rampage.
The jurors heard that due to the ketchup stains, the artwork, the furniture upholstery and the three wallpaper panels also had to be replaced. The total account was GBP 108,982.85
One officer was injured after a glass bottle smashed a door near his face, jurors heard.
Prosecutor Christopher Jenkins said: “There is no doubt that Mr Tsofan committed the acts of which he is accused.
“After these incidents, Mr. Tsofan was assisted by three professional psychiatrists, in fact all three or less agreed that Mr. Tsofan could use the defense of insanity.
“Mr. Tsofan was in the middle of an acute manic episode.
“There was basically a 90-minute siege, Mr. Tsofan was barricaded in his room and the police tried to calm him down.”
Tsofan’s shaved one appeared at the Crown Court in Southwark in a blue shirt and green jacket as a member of his family watched from a public gallery.
The court heard that Tsofan had bought 50 Tesla cars as a result of its bipolar affective disorder in 2020.
He flew to London to see the British Grand Prix the days before the hotel rampage last July.
He also told the psychiatrist that he wanted to build a city where his family and transgender people could live in peace, the court said.
Tsofan denied and was acquitted of arson, property damage and two attacks on rescue workers, namely police officers, due to insanity.
The jury found him innocent due to insanity at all points in the indictment.
He has been in custody for some six months and is awaiting trial.
Judge Mr Recorder Andrew Wales, QC, released him on bail before his trial at Southwark Crown Court tomorrow.