Official 'followed' in Mansfield case
A COURT official was followed by a jeep with tinted windows and felt "intimidated and threatened" after he had tried to serve a summons personally on the son of a high-profile hotelier.
James Mansfield Jnr, the son of Citywest tycoon Jim Mansfield, is one of four businessmen being pursued by AIB for €6.28m over their alleged failure to repay loans for the development of lands.
Mr Justice Peter Kelly said yesterday that there were "disquieting circumstances" surrounding the unsuccessful efforts by a summons server to serve Mr Mansfield, who was a boyfriend of the late model Katy French.
The summons server told the commercial court he was followed for a time by a Range Rover jeep with tinted windows after being asked to leave Mr Mansfield's Palmerstown House home on February 24.
AIB is seeking summary judgment for the €6.28m against Mr Mansfield Jnr, of Palmerstown House Golf and Country Club, Johnstown, Kildare; Brian Higgins, Allensgrove, Celbridge Road, Leixlip, Kildare; Seamus Kavanagh, Kyle, Killea, Templemore, Tipperary; and Glen O'Callaghan, Drapier Road, Dublin 11.
The bank claims they owe the money as a result of loans given to them in 2003 in connection with the purchase of a site in Duleek, Co Meath for the construction of a mixed development of apartments and commercial units.
The bank demanded repayment last September but said this was not made.
The proceedings were transferred to the commercial court yesterday following an application from AIB.
Mr Justice Kelly was told the defendants had made a proposal last Friday which the bank now wished to consider. He adjourned the case for a week.