Our thanks to Mike for this. An extract should give you a flavour of the piece:
He paid himself £150,000-a-year from his plumbing empire, and gave her [his twice-married girlfriend] an annual salary of up to £93,000 for a job which did not require her to work. [My emphasis]
When they split after nine years, Miss Cerniauskaite, who now works as a businesswoman and model, [no evidence is given that she’s a ‘businesswoman’, unless the ‘business’ is gold digging, and she’s slightly older than the average model, at 47] claimed she had a right to their £650,000 second home in the village of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. [The home she originally refused to move into, on the grounds it had inadequate wardrobe space.]
Mr Hoggins contested that he paid the house’s £100,000 deposit, the mortgage costs and all the bills after buying it in 2009. But a judge at a hearing at the First-Tier Tribunal in London has ruled the property is, and always was, Miss Cerniauskaite’s alone.
The money Mr Hoggins ploughed into the home was a ‘gift’ by a ‘generous’ man, Judge Ann McAllister ruled. [My emphasis]
She added: ‘There is no doubt that John was extremely generous in these years and that considerable sums of money passed through his hands.
‘It is clear from all the evidence I have heard and read that John now feels very bitter towards Greta and has convinced himself that, from the outset, her intentions were to get what she could out of the relationship financially. [My emphasis]
John’s convinced me of the same thing. He feels ‘very bitter towards Greta’? A sure sign of a man with sound judgement, you might think. But he married for the fifth time after this relationship broke down in 2013. At least he had the sense this time to have a prenuptial agreement in place. Let’s hope a court takes the document into account when the inevitable happens, because it won’t be obliged to. This is a man who never learns, it would seem. What does he imagine makes him so attractive to women?
Why rich men have intimate relationships with women, when they have so much to lose, is a mystery. At one time the risk was gold-digging wives. Because of judges such as Ann McAllister, the risk has been extended to gold-digging girlfriends.