A father-of-three whose luxury Audi was allegedly keyed five times by the same woman is a former reality television star who is no stranger to disputes with his neighbours over vehicles.
Evan Hansimikali, who lives in
, has been the victim of the alleged car-keying which he filmed on a hidden dashcam.
A 51-year-old woman from Vaucluse turned herself in to police on Friday, and has been charged with five counts of malicious damage after the footage went viral.
Mr Hansimikali appeared on Channel Seven’s My Restaurant Rules with then-partner Bella Serventi in 2005, where his restaurant Pink Salt in Sydney’s swanky eastern suburbs finished second in the show’s inaugural season.
In 2011 he was awarded an interim apprehended violence order against his next-door neighbour after they allegedly threatened to plant a bomb in Mr Hansimikali’s car, the Daily Telegraph reported at the time.
The next-door neighbour was also accused of turning up to the Hansimikalis’ home armed with an orange tomahawk axe and chasing the restaurateur’s wife Amanda and father Manuel around their lounge room.
Mrs Hansimikali was accused by the neighbour of blocking his driveway with her car.
After Mrs Hansimikali denied the accusation, the neighbour allegedly said: ‘Next time you park your f**king car there, I’ll put a f**king bomb in it’.
Mrs Hansimikali was nursing their three-week-old son Emmanuel at the time of the confrontation, and called Manuel to come over and check in on her.
Manuel Hansimikali then went to talk to the neighbour about the incident before the pair began arguing.
The neighbour then allegedly returned to his neighbours’ home and waved the tomahawk at them, allegedly yelling: ‘I’m going to slit your f**king throat, I’ll f**king kill you’.
The neighbour was arrested and charged with common assault and intimidation.
According to court documents, the neighbour said that he ‘might have’ threatened to kill his next-door neighbour’s father.
In relation to the more recent incident, Mr Hansimikali said he never leaves his Audi blocking the footpath although he does park it on the driveway as spots on his street are often limited.
He told A Current Affair he couldn’t think of a reason as to why someone would want to key his car.
Mr Hansimikali shared a video of the scratchings on Facebook in the hope of tracking down the woman who allegedly carried them out, and was sent a photo of her on a bus near where he lives.
A woman has been granted conditional bail and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on April 12.
Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie-O radio show earlier this week, the father-of-three was flooded with callers who were very unsympathetic to his cause – while others claimed there was a serial car keyer on the loose in the wealthy area.
One impassioned caller told the man he ‘deserved’ the car keying because his expensive three-month-old Audi was taking up a portion of the footpath.