Billionaire’s wife in court over ‘£4k scratch to Bentley’

Billionaire's wife accused of 'scratching neighbour's Bentley with key'
Stephanie Thapar is in the midst of a legal battle (Picture: Tony Palmer)

A billionaire’s wife allegedly scratched a neighbour’s £120,000 Bentley with a key behind her £21million home, a court has heard.

Stephanie Thapar, 50, is accused of causing £4,153 of damage to Michael Connor’s two-door Continental GT Coupe V8 near her garage in Knightsbridge, London.

Outlining the charge to magistrates, prosecutor Tom Gill claimed Mr Connor witnessed the incident after hearing Mrs Thapar approaching her garage to park.

Mr Connor later allegedly found ‘deep scratches in the paintwork’, and called police.

Mrs Thapar, the second wife of Indian-born engineering and paper magnate Gautam Thapar, was arrested but ‘completely denied the offence’, Mr Gill said.

Appearing at Hammersmith magistrates’ court today, the mother-of-two pleaded not guilty.

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She was bailed to return for trial on July 29 on condition that she does not contact Mr Connor.

Mrs Thapar was accompanied in court by her 54-year-old husband and was represented by Jeremy Dean QC, who defended X Factor star Tulisa Contostavlos after a cocaine sting by the News of the World.

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Mr Thapar won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for manufacturing in 2008.

Two years ago King’s College conferred an Honorary Fellowship on him in recognition of his ‘exceptional achievements in the fields of industry and philanthropy’.

The couple’s five-bedroom, five-bathroom house has an integral lift and a mews garage.

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10 March 2015 | 10:43 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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