Ex-furniture boss told to pay former partner €52,500
Published 12/12/2012 | 05:00
A FORMER furniture company director Frans De Ru has been told by a judge to pay his former live-in lover €52,500.
Linda Ayres claimed in the Circuit Civil Court that Mr De Ru had reneged on payment of the money, which had been agreed in a settlement of partition proceedings.
Barrister Bernadette Kirby said that Ms Ayres had agreed to sign over her interest in the couple's former home at Dublin Road, Sutton, in return for the €52,500.
Ms Ayres, now of Derry Park, Crumlin, Dublin, said the money had never been paid and she was now seeking an order directing Mr De Ru to pay it.
There was an agreement for her to collect her mother's china cabinet, an eight-place dinner service, Waterford crystal and other personal belongings from the Dublin Road house.
Ms Ayres maintained in court that she had fully complied with her side of the settlement, but still had not received the agreed cash.
Mr De Ru, a former director of Europlan Furniture, claimed she had, "in blatant bad faith", delayed signing documents which had cost him a buyer for a Florida property which he said was now worth only €95,000.
The court heard that the couple also owned a property in Orlando, Florida, and that Mr De Ru had previously settled Ms Ayres' interest in that property by paying her €70,000.
Part of the earlier settlement had included agreement on Ms Ayres' part to sign a "quitclaim" document releasing her interest in the Florida property to Mr De Ru.
Judge Matthew Deery said there was no real defence to the signed settlement agreement.
He directed Mr De Ru to pay the €52,500 before December 20 and awarded costs against him.