Wednesday 21 March 2018

Furniture boss ordered to pay former live-in lover more than €50k

Ray Managh

FORMER Europlan Furniture director Frans De Ru was told by a judge today to pay his former live-in lover €52,500 as her part of the love nest they shared together.

Linda Ayres claimed in Circuit Civil Court that De Ru had reneged on payment of the money which had been agreed in a settlement of partition proceedings part-heard in the court earlier this year.

Barrister Bernadette Kirby told Judge Matthew Deery that Ms Ayres, of Derry Park, Crumlin, Dublin, had agreed to sign over her interest in the couple’s former home at 10 Dublin Road, Sutton, in return for the €52,500.

Ms Kirby said the money had never been paid and she was now seeking an order directing Mr De Ru to pay over the money. The judge directed that he pay it before December 20.

The court heard that the couple also owned a property in Orlando, Florida, and that 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.

It also included an agreement for her to collect from 10 Dublin Road, Sutton, her mother’s china cabinet, an eight place dinner service, Waterford crystal and other personal belongings.

Ms Ayres maintained in court that she had fully complied with her side of the settlement but still had not received the agreed €52,500. Mr De Ru claimed she had “in blatant bad faith” delayed signing documents which had cost him a buyer for the Florida property which he said was now worth only €95,000.

Judge Deery, who said there was no real defence to the signed settlement agreement to pay the €52,500 directed Mr De Ru to do so before December 20 and awarded costs against him.

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