Train station cleaner who spiked boss's coffee with detergent is jailed for 10 months

Phoebe Southworth
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Aurora Iacomi - Kirsty O'Connor/PA
Aurora Iacomi - Kirsty O'Connor/PA

A train station cleaner who spiked her boss's coffee with detergent because she felt "humiliated" after being told off in front of her colleagues has been jailed for 10 months.

Aurora Iacomi, 32, poured a chemical used to remove chewing gum from surfaces into the flask of her supervisor, Angelina Raychinova, at Fenchurch Street railway station on April 22.

When she took a sip, Ms Raychinova immediately felt a burning sensation in her mouth and spat the liquid out, Inner London Crown Court heard.

The incident, first reported by The Telegraph, came after Iacomi had been scolded by Ms Raychinova in front of other employees while she was on a break at work.

Iacomi, of Loxford Lane, Ilford, admitted one count of administering poison or a noxious substance with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy. She was handed a 10-month prison sentence.

Flavia Kenyon, defending, said Iacomi was a university graduate from a law-abiding, hard-working family in Romania, who had acted recklessly "out of impulse" and "stupidity".

"That afternoon, having a break from work, she was chatting to some work colleagues," she said. "The victim approached her and told her off in front of everybody else and she felt belittled and humiliated."

Ms Kenyon said that Iacomi did not intend to harm Ms Raychinova and that the "prank" was only intended to spoil her drink.

Iacomi was going through an internal disciplinary process at the cleaning firm at the time of the incident - which Judge Benedict Kelleher said made her "bear a grudge" against Ms Raychinova.

"It is clear from the surrounding circumstances in this case, you felt you had been unfairly treated and you wanted revenge," he said.

Iacomi was arrested after tests were carried out on the coffee flask and her work area was searched. She told police she was "not very fond" of her supervisor, prosecutor Philip Allman told the court.