Monday 20 November 2017

Mum wills daughters '30 pieces of silver'

Bonnie Malkin in Sydney

AN Australian millionaire has left her three daughters "30 pieces of silver", amounting to about a euro each, from her estate of 3.5 million Australian dollars (€2.5m).

Valmai Roche, of Adelaide, effectively cut her daughters out of her will because she believed that they had plotted to kill her.

She left the same amount to her former husband John.

She also left her daughters equal shares in her jewellery.

But in a novel twist, she said the women, to claim the inheritance, must answer questions relating to her personal diaries.

In a further snub, Mrs Roche bequeathed her remaining millions to the Knights of the Southern Cross, a Catholic charity organisation for men.

Delusional

Her daughters Deborah, Fiona and Shauna, have mounted a case in the Supreme Court. They claim she was delusional when she drew up the will in 1981.

Mrs Roche, who died last year aged 81, left her estranged daughters "30 pieces of silver of the lowest denomination of currency", or 30 five cent pieces, claiming it was "blood money due to Judas".

The only change she made was in 1987, when she stated that Fiona, now in charge of family businesses, could have a French Empire-style desk.

Mrs Roche "specifically excludes" her girls and husband, whom she divorced in 1983, "from any further benefits".

Court documents say Deborah claimed that her mother had accused the women and their father of having "colluded" to kill her mother.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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