Bids to reclaim farm 'obsessive, hopeless and vexatious' - judge
A HIGH Court judge has imposed litigation restrictions on a woman and her non- professional advisor over their involvement in multiple actions that amounted to "an abuse of process upon an abuse of process" concerning a midlands farm.
Mr Justice Michael Twomey made orders against June Smith and William Murphy arising out of what he described as her "obsessive, hopeless and vexatious" litigation in relation to her former farm at Carn, Portarlington, Co Laois, mortgaged to ACC Loan Management
ACC appointed a receiver over the property arising out of a failure to repay a loan of €2m secured on the farm, who subsequently sold the property.
Last July the High Court dismissed Mrs Smith's action against ACC and the receiver contesting their right to sell the property.
Mr Justice Twomey said the action was one of several brought by Mrs Smith regarding the farm since judgment was obtained against her in 2012.
As a result of such cases the High Court made what is known as an 'Isaac Wunder Order' which prevents her taking any further proceedings regarding the farm against ACC and the receiver, without permission from the president of the High Court.
Mr Justice Twomey said despite this order Mrs Smith issued other motions over the sale of the farm, this time against different parties including Ballinline Ltd the company which bought the farm, the State and the Garda Commissioner.
The judge said in September Mrs Smith obtained an injunction, granted by Mr Justice Max Barrett who had no familiarity with the case, to prevent Ballinline from trespassing on the farm.