Neighbours sue top chef for £15,000 over raw sewage leak that caused '15-year nightmare'

A top chef whose leaking bath, Jacuzzi and toilet dumped water and raw sewage on his downstairs neighbours has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 in damages.

Emmanuel Bonneau and his wife Monique were sued by neighbours Christopher and Julia Kidder over a decade of “intermittent leaks and seepages” from their Pimlico home - writes standard.co.uk.

The Kidders had raw sewage flowing through their ceiling and were forced to move out of their £900,000 flat temporarily in 2010, Central London County Court heard.

Mr Kidder, 52, said he and his wife had endured a “15-year nightmare” costing almost £130,000 in legal and other bills.

The saga began soon after he and his 46-year-old wife moved into their flat in Gloucester Street, Pimlico, in 2002.

The couple recorded 88 leakage incidents. Mr Bonneau, 45, an award-winning patissier at the Hilton in Park Lane, argued in court that his neighbours had exaggerated the problems.

Ordering the Bonneaus to hand over £15,640 in compensation and to pay half of their neighbours’ legal costs, Judge Alan Saggerson found they had breached their obligations as leaseholders.

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