A Zambian woman has been arrested in London for breaking into Simon Cowell’s London house by smashing a window with a brick or a rock.
Leanne Zaloumis was a contestant in Miss Zambia U.K in 1998.
The X Factor” executive producer Cowell was home at the time the incident happened on March 24, 2012. Leanne Zaloumis, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, and she is due back in Isleworth Crown Court in London on June 12, 2012.
Zaloumis (a bachelorette who lives alone in south London) was unemployed at the time of her arrest. She has previously worked in administrative jobs and more recently was a caregiver assistant.
According to the Daily Mail: of UK Miss Zaloumis has three brothers in the U.K. and two half-brothers in Zambia.
After moving to Peckham with her family, she attended Kingsdale Secondary School in Dulwich Village before going on to complete a business and finance course at Kingston College.”
In 1998, Zaloumis entered a Miss Zambia U.K. contest and placed in the Top 12, according to The Sun, which reports that “she comes from a prominent family. Her grandfather, a transport tycoon, was a member of the Zambian parliament and her aunt is a leading lawyer.”
The Daily Mail OF uk has an exclusive interview with Zaloumis’ mother, 53-year-old Heather Claxton, who lives in south London. Claxton told the Daily Mirror:
“As far as I know she’s not even a fan of Simon Cowell. What happened was totally unexpected and it is shocking how she has been portrayed. I just want her back home. She is my only daughter and I love her and I can’t wait to hug her when she comes out. We are a very strong family and the love that we have for each other will help her through this.
“I just don’t know what happened with my daughter. She was very worried about me because I haven’t been very well and she was also in between jobs and was a little stressed about looking for work. But in the last few days before the incident she had been super bubbly and she was at her brother’s house having fun with the family. What happened was totally out of character. What keeps me going is all the love that everyone has for her because she is a lovely person and she hasn’t got a bad bone in her body.”
Meanwhile, Leanne Zaloumis’ half-brother Jason Zaloumis, 36, commented to the The Sun about Leanne:
“She is an upstanding, outstanding woman. She was brought up by a well-to-do father who doted on her. She had everything. None of us lacked for anything.