Tenant defecated in kitchen sink over rent dispute
A MAN defecated in a kitchen sink and left urine-filled milk bottles scattered around his flat after a dispute over rent.
Tamer Eid Hassan Doha, aged 40, was found guilty of criminal damage after his landlady, Dian Davies CORR, inspected his flat and discovered the flat was in a “state of squalor”.
Mrs Davies said she found faeces in the sink, milk bottles filled with urine, soaked carpets, piles of papers and newspapers and found the cooker being used to prop open a door. She said faeces was over the walls and that an electricity meter where tenants inserted coins had been broken into and cash taken.
She said she was “gobsmacked” when she saw the state of the bedsit.
She had begun eviction proceedings against Doha after his rent payments became “sporadic”. Mrs Davies had asked a police officer to attend with her after she said she had become frightened of Doha, who now lives on Oystermouth Road in Swansea.
Mrs Davies said after leaving the property she was left itching for three days and that the whole fourth floor bedsit had to be gutted and redecorated.
“You couldn’t clean anything in that flat. Everything had to be ripped out,” she said.
Mrs Davies said Doha would always meet her outside to hand over rent payments and whenever she offered to empty the meter box, he told her it did not need doing. She said he now owed her more than £3,000 and said he had stopped answering the door to her or her phonecalls.
Doha had denied criminal damage and theft of cash from the meter box but he admitted to city magistrates that he had previously used the sink as a toilet but said he had cleaned and bleached it afterwards.
Doha, who previously worked at The Pumphouse in Swansea Marina, said he was currently off work sick.
He denied that Mrs Davies had been able to access his flat during his tenancy and said she visited up to five times a week.
He said the staining in the sink was actually rust coming through the enamel.
“I am an untidy person but not this. I didn’t leave it spick and span but I didn’t leave it like this,” he said, referencing photographs taken of the damage.
Magistrates found him guilty of both charges and fined him £250. He was also told to pay £300 in costs, £580 in compensation and a £25 victim surcharge.