From the Daily Mail:

An estate agent keyed a recruitment boss's car outside court after losing a legal battle over an unpaid bill, it has been reported.

Oliver McHugh, founder of Olivers Town estate agents, appeared in court after he refused to pay a fee to James Richmond, managing director of JR Recruitment, for a temp worker he hired last year.

Mr McHugh, 52, said he was not prepared to pay the bill because he thought that the female temp worker had taken too much time off work and had been 'preoccupied' with her father's poor health.

Oliver McHugh

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James Richmond

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Legal battle: Estate agent Oliver McHugh, left, and recruitment boss James Richmond, right

The judge at Edmonton County Court, in north London, found in favour of Mr Richmond, and ordered Mr McHugh to settle the 3,600 bill.

Mr Richmond revealed he was 'relieved' following the court case and said he was happy he would finally be receiving the money. 

But as Mr McHugh left the hearing, he took out his key and scratched the side of Mr Richmond's Audi TT, causing more than 3,000 worth of damage.

A top-of-the-range Audi TT can cost as much as 42,000. 

Mr Richmond said he chased the estate agent after catching him in the act.

He added: 'I walked out the court and saw him leaving, so I waited because I did not want to annoy him. The next minute I just saw him bend down and key the whole of my car.

'I chased him and he tried to run up the road but it was a dead-end.

'I grabbed him and he escaped and ran down another road to in an attempt to get into a taxi.

Scratched: Mr McHugh admitted to criminal damage after he keyed Mr Richmond's Audi TT. Pictured above, an image of an Audi TT believed to belong to Mr Richmond

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Scratched: Mr McHugh admitted to criminal damage after he keyed Mr Richmond's Audi TT. Pictured above, an image of an Audi TT believed to belong to Mr Richmond

'I managed to catch up with him and saw a police van so held him whilst calling them over. They arrested him at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage.'

Mr McHugh was on bail for a month but later admitted causing criminal damage. He has been cautioned by police.

Mr Richmond added: 'The damage will cost about 3,000 to repair because he scratched the whole of one side of my car.

'I'm glad that the situation is finally sorted, for the second time. I think Oliver has got off lightly on this occasion.'



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