A multi-millionaire and high-profile landlord in Kent has been convicted of racially abusing a parking attendant 18 months ago while visiting one of his properties in the county.
71-year old landlord Fergus Wilson (pictured, above with wife Judith) achieved considerable notoriety last year when he featured on an investigative BBC TV show that looked into several allegations against him.
At one point he and his wife Judith owned a portfolio of 750 new-build buy-to-let properties but recently sold a significant part of their portfolio for a reported £90 million.
Fergus denied the claims, made at Medway Magistrates’ Court, that he racially abused the parking attendant despite the expletive-rich rant, which was aimed at the Slovakian-born meter maid.
But his words were recorded by the officer’s body cam kit, during which he tells the attendant to go back ‘where she came from’.
Before the trial began Wilson contacted The Negotiator to say he is not racist and that he lets properties to ‘people of all race and creed’.
In 2017 Wilson received considerable media attention after it was revealed that he had instructed his letting agent not to rent his houses out to Indian or Pakistani origin tenants because of the ‘curry smells’. He was later told this renting policy was unlawful.
The charge arose from an incident 18 months ago in April 2018 when Wilson, who is from Maidstone, parked outside two properties owned by his wife that were being renovated for conversion into housing for women who had suffered domestic abuse.