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Doctor faces losing home over €53k bill

A DOCTOR who ignored the payment of a €53,500 debt to architects who drew up plans for him and his wife had acted unfairly and irresponsibly, a judge has stated.

Judge Joseph Mathews said Dr Balwanth Singh, who had lived above his surgery since a breakdown in his marriage, seemed to be unwilling to face his responsibilities.

Barrister Martin Collins, for Frank Elmes Architects, told the Circuit Civil Court that the company now wanted to legally charge a judgment for the debt against the Singh's family home in Castleknock, Dublin.

He said the architects firm, of St Laurence's Park, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, had drawn up plans for a development which the Singhs had not proceeded with when the property market collapsed.



Equity

Mr Collins said judgment in default of defence had been obtained against Dr Singh and his wife, Joan, in 2008.

The judgment had been registered against both the family home, at Castleknock Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin, where Mrs Singh lived, and a second address at Glenhill Road, Finglas, Dublin, where Dr Singh had his surgery and above which he now lived.

Mr Collins said there was no equity remaining in the Finglas property and he was seeking a "well charging" order against the family home so that it could, if necessary, be sold to satisfy the debt. A weeping Mrs Singh told her barrister Maire Mullarkey that because of marital problems she was living on her life savings and pension.

Her husband had never engaged in the debt recovery proceedings and she had made a settlement offer to the architect's legal team which had not been accepted.

Judge Mathews told Mrs Singh he did not understand why she was so unwilling to promote legal proceedings in another court which involved partition of the family home and the completion of which could help settle the debt.

He accepted she was a vulnerable person facing a legal dilemma for which she was not wholly responsible because of someone who was unwilling to face his responsibilities.

The judge adjourned the well charging application until October to see if something positive could be achieved in the meantime.

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