Monday 25 September 2017

Sean Dunne had ‘vendetta’ against me claims cleaner

Sean Dunne and Gayle Killelea
Sean Dunne and Gayle Killelea

Aodhan O Faolain

A WOMAN whose company is facing allegations that it overcharged a client for cleaning services has told the High Court that businessman Sean Dunne has "a vendetta" against her.

Eugenia Pacelli -- who is also known as Gina Farrell and who trades as Gina Farrell Cleaning Services -- is being sued by Hollybrook (Brighton Road) Management Company Ltd.

Hollybrook alleges that Ms Farrell's company was in breach of contract by reason of fraud by overcharging for cleaning services at a complex of apartments managed by Hollybrook in Foxrock, Co Dublin.

Yesterday, the court heard Hollybrook is seeking €120,000 from Ms Farrell's firm. It alleges the sum is collated from overcharging, double payments and interest on bills between May 2003 and early 2006 when their arrangement ended.

Ms Farrell, of Dangan Park, Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12, denies all the claims.

In her defence she claims Hollybrook is under the control of Mr Dunne and that the action has been brought against her "solely at the behest and instructions of Mr Dunne pursuant to a vendetta that he has against her".

She further claims that the complex was built by DCD Builders and the apartments were sold by Mountbrook Homes, a company in which the share capital is held 50-50 by Mr Dunne and Sispara, an Isle of Man-registered firm.

Opening the case yesterday, Paul Burns, for Hollybrook, said that the defendant also controlled another company, All First Property Management Ltd, which has since gone into liquidation, and also was contracted by Hollybrook.

After the arrangements ended in 2006, Hollybrook made numerous requests to the defendant to hand over records.

Defrauded

Litigation followed and when the books were secured, Hollybrook claims that its investigations revealed that it had been defrauded by the defendant.

Counsel said "significant alterations" were made to log books and the alterations were in Ms Farrell's handwriting. Logs were altered to show there were two cleaners at the complex when only one attended.

After being informed that the action may take more than five days, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy invited the parties to consider going into mediation. After talks, counsel for Ms Farrell, Roughan Banim, said his client did not want to enter mediation.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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