Australian property owner claims Irish scammers trashed apartment and 'blocked toilets with potatoes' in row over ...
An Australian property owner says she has lost thousands of dollars and had an apartment trashed after she rented flats to a group of Irish scammers.
Clara Carmichael, rented her property in Brisbane to a group of nine people, who police believe have been scamming businesses and elderly people in the area.
Ms Carmichael told Joe Duffy on Liveline on Tuesday: "We first came across them late last year, maybe September, October when a group of four different families who were all friends rented apartments in one of the buildings that I own and run".
Initially, the tenants provided ID and seemed to check out but after just a short time renting things turned sour.
"We had a lot of complaints from other tenants, they were terrorising other people in the building, people were scared to come and go," she explained.
Collecting the weekly rent also proved to be a problem, with Ms Carmichael saying it was a "horrific" task.
She described the group as having thick Irish accents and they said they were from Ireland.
Things got even worse when one family trashed the apartment they were living in before departing without paying rent.
"There was one family who knew they were going to have to leave because they owed so much money so instead of just leaving they decided to trash the apartment and leave in the middle of the night, blocking the plumbing and the toilets with potatoes, punching holes in walls and breaking holes in bathroom tiles," she said.
The group also left graffiti all over the walls.
Between the damage and unpaid rent, the group have cost the landlady up to â¬12,000.
Australian police are now investigating the group and have released CCTV images of the suspects, some of whom are believed to have left the country.
It's believed the same group were behind 12 offences which have occurred between Brisbane and the Gold Coast since January.
The group have sent Ms Carmichael intimidating and threatening text messages.
A voice message sent to the landlady was played on the show, from a man calling himself Edward Connors."You're a dirty, smelly Australian slapper," the voice said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Australian police on 131 444.Source: Google News