Skip to main content

A MILLIONAIRE Cyber-stalked a property developer who he thought was seeing his girlfriend




 A Jealous investor with a bruised ego, waged an online war against a property developer who he thought was seeing his girlfriend behind his back, a court heard.


Thomas Badian,46, the Austrian-born director of Fitzrovia’s Cadence Capital Ltd who lives in a £3.2 million St John’s Wood house, pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment by sending repeated electronic messages.

Wealthy investor Thomas Badian (left) waged a two-month campaign of online harassment against a property developer who wined and dined his fashion designer girlfriend Michaela Frankova (right)
Thomas Badian and Michaela Frankova

The Facebook, Instagram, email and telephone campaign began after Badian discovered the dinner dates between his girlfriend Michaela Frankova [below], a London College of Fashion graduate, and the other man.


The target of his anger was Andrew de Candole [below ], the 62-year-old founder of de Candole Residential, and his girlfriend, Nateploy Thamsaroch.

 One of the threatening messages, sent to Mr de Candole (pictured) at 5am, said: 'Today is full of surprises'

Prosecutor Robert Simpson told Hammersmith magistrates’ court: “Andrew de Candole met Michaela five or six times for dinner and his girlfriend Ms Thamsaroch believed they were just friends with nothing romantic going on.”

He told the court that Ms Thamsaroch, believed nothing romantic was going on.

But she then received an email from what appeared to be her boyfriend’s account.

“It contained flight confirmation for Mr de Candole and Ms Frankova,” said Mr Simpson.

However, he didn’t send the email and was sitting next to her when she received it
Prosecutor Robert Simpson

“However, he didn’t send the email and was sitting next to her when she received it.”

The email account had been set up by a phone number which matched one that had also sent threatening text messages to Mr de Candole, the court heard.


The couple began receiving emails from an address called “Project ADC”.


“This scared them because it suggested there was some sort of project against them,” said Mr Simpson.


“It became clear Badian had become fixated about Mr de Candole and Ms Frankova meeting.”

Thomas Badian pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment by sending repeated electronic messages

The defendant sent 10 emails to Ms Thamsaroch.


He also admitted making five prank calls to Mr de Candole, whom he also sent ,FaceBook Instagram messages.


Badian was sentenced to a 12-month community order, including 100 hours’ community service work.

He was also made subject to a restraining order prohibiting any contact with his victims.

His lawyer Guy Ladenburg said: “It’s very unpleasant behaviour and he is deeply remorseful.

Badian split with his wife in 2005 and has sole custody of their daughters, who are 13 and 17.

He was arrested by police at the family home and the younger girl was hospitalised with anxiety. 'Mr. Badian owes them both an apology,' said Mr. Ladenburg.

'His is of good character, has lived in London for ten years and is a pillar of the community known for his philanthropic giving.

'His feelings of jealousy and his bruised ego that Ms Frankova was seeing a man behind his back caused him to behave the way he did.'

After the case was heard, Ms Frankova said: 

'I regret the whole episode.' 
Mr de Candole, who has a ten year-old son with Lady Lara Compton, daughter of Marquess of Northampton, has worked in London for thirty years and has completed projects in New York, Dubai and Spain. 

further reading 



Robert Durst Real Estate develeoper , Indicted on Weapon and Drug Charges in Louisiana


Persimmon plc House Builder announces profits for Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2015

Councils will compete to process planning applications and be able to offer fast track application services under new proposals.

Best of Both Worlds ,Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years : the United Kingdom’s special status in a reformed European Union

UK International Development Minister Nick Hurd announces new mobile technology partnership with GSMA.

Google is shuttering Google Compare, U.S. comparison-shopping site for car insurance, credit cards & mortgages after 1year

MWC 2016: Facebook uses Artificial Intelligence to map people's homes


UK online alternative finance market grew to £3.2 billion in, 2015 Real estate is the single most popular sector

Record profits for Bovis Homes sees record profits as housing demand climbs

GeoPhy Exodus-from-EU-may-spark-correction-in-the-rental-market.html

Apple acquires Mapsense
Google has unveiled Project Sunroof a new global green housing project + COP21 Paris

Lords committee calls for government to refocus the planning system on high quality homes, not just housing numbers

land ready for homes in cities with property oversupply , limited by China +property tax lowered for chinese homebuyers reduced

Would a robot replace an estate agent in the future with artificial intelligence ?

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge “Beyond Barriers” Official Launch Introduction

Nationwide sued over sale of property loans to Cerberus