CANCER expert John Fitzpatrick was short-changed by almost €34,000 in rentals due from an apartment, a court has been told.
The well-known consultant urologist was granted judgment for €33,846 against estate agent David Fox and Fox Property Let Ltd.
He told his counsel, Stephen Dowling, that the apartment, bought in 2004, in Barrow Street, Dublin, had been financed by Anglo Irish Bank.
Rental arrangements with an agency recommended by the bank had worked well for the first four years, the Circuit Civil Court heard.
In 2008 he had entered into a letting agreement directly with David Fox, of Rathmines Road, Dublin, and also with Fox Property Let Ltd, of Lower Main Street, Lucan, whereby rentals collected by the agent were credited to him.
Prof Fitzpatrick, of Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin, said that in November 2009 Mr Fox had secured tenancies with three students, one of whom had collected and paid rent to Mr Fox.
Mr Dowling told Judge Matthew Deery that when the lead student had checked back on her bank accounts she discovered she had paid Mr Fox more than €20,000 rent on behalf of herself and her friends.
Prof Fitzpatrick said far less than that amount had been paid to him, after which Mr Fox had given him 12 post-dated cheques all of which, bar two, had been met. Overall there was an outstanding debt of more than €33,000.
Judge Deery directed that judgment of €33,846.26 and costs be entered against Mr Fox and also against his company.