Solicitor who sued lover now loses family home
A SOLICITOR who failed to get his former lover to return jewellery and an oil painting has now agreed to a bank repossessing his million-euro former family home.
County Registrar Patricia Casey made an order for possession of the €1m property at Whitethorn Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin, against Matthew Wales (pictured left) and his wife, Mairead.
The court also granted ICS Building Society an order for possession of a €500,000 house at Roebuck Castle, Clonskeagh, Dublin, where Mrs Wales has lived since the couple's marriage break-up.
Two months ago, Mr Wales failed in a legal bid to recover expensive jewellery, a watch and an oil painting he had bought for his ex-girlfriend, legal assistant Stella Conlon.
Ms Conlon obtained an order in the Circuit Civil Court directing that she could keep the "commitment gifts".
The earlier court hearing was told that Mr Wales bought Ms Conlon a diamond ring worth €12,000, a Rolex watch worth €5,000 and a Norman Teeling painting worth €5,500.
Yesterday Mr Wales, who lives in the Whitethorn Road property, attended court, as did his wife.
Barrister Anne Lawlor told the County Registrar that the bank was seeking an order for possession of both properties.
She said there was an agreement with the two defendants in relation to a court order for possession but it was not by consent.
Ms Lawlor said that "family matters" had concluded between the parties and the bank was now seeking a court order against both with a six-month stay.
County Registrar Ms Casey said that if the properties failed to sell within that time, the parties could apply again for an extension of the stay.
She awarded costs in both applications for possession against the defendants.