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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. 

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