Published: 18:40, 15 May 2018
| Updated: 18:42, 15 May 2018
The home of a reality TV star was trashed by burglars before stealing valuable property including her Mercedes car, a court heard.
Heads were cut off Nicole Bass' soft toys on her bed and paint, food and other items were thrown around.
The glamorous 26-year-old TOWIE and Ex on the Beach personality was away on holiday when her flat in Dartford was broken into on June 7 last year.
She returned from Las Vegas earlier than planned at 10.30pm two days later because of an accident.
Prosecutor Nina Ellin said Miss Bass arrived to find her rented flat at the new build in Creek Mill Way to find there had been “gratuitous ransacking”.
Miss Bass said of her car being missing from the underground parking: “I was just completely baffed (sic). I was thinking: Where has my car gone?”
She said of the damage caused to the second floor flat: “It was trashed. It wasn’t just as if they burgled my flat, they had absolutely violated it.”
She added she was so upset that they she immediately moved out and sold her £30,000 Mercedes GLA AMG.
Nicholas Cato, 31, of Africa Road, Brockley, south London, and Jayd Gordon, 30, of Braidwood Road, Catford, south east London, deny burglary and theft of the car.
The jury of seven women and five men were told by Judge Philip St John-Stevens at the start of the trial that they should disregard anything they had read or seen.
“It is right that the individual is to some extent in the public limelight,” he explained. “There will be some public interest in it.
“I am not going to describe how that individual is in public life. It may well be you will read something about it later on in the press.”
Maidstone Crown Court was told after finding her car missing, Miss Bass saw her door was smashed in. She went to get help as she feared the intruders might still be there.
A neighbour went with her into the flat and she found it was “a complete mess” and property including designer clothes, a Rolex watch and Pandora jewellery was missing.
“Clothes were strewn everywhere,” said Miss Ellin. “Paint had been thrown all over the bedroom, including the bed, walls and dressing room. On the bed, the heads of soft toys had been cut off.
“In the kitchen, all the cupboards had been emptied and food was thrown all over the floor. The sofa had been turned over in the living room and things had been thrown about.”
Miss Bass saw that the car keys she left in the living room had been stolen.
Miss Ellin said the victim was a television personality with a social media following of about 500,000.
“She posted a photograph of herself while away on holiday,” she said. “The Crown suggests this burglary was professionally planned and targeted at her while she was not there.
“That fact would have been known to those involved.”
Miss Ellin said automatic number plate recognition cameras were checked and it was found that the stolen car, in convoy with a VW Tiguan, was moving between Dartford and London on the night of June 9.
The VW was stopped in Sydenham on June 13. Gordon was the driver and Cato a passenger. The car belonged to Gordon’s girlfriend.
The stolen Mercedes was found in Sydenham on June 23.
When arrested, both men denied being involved in the burglary. Cell site analysis showed their phones were in the area at the time.
Cato’s phone had pictures of some of the stolen clothes on it. Miss Ellin suggested they had been photographed so that they could be sold.
The trial continues.
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