Stars' cleaner 'pushed solicitor aside as she fled with deeds to flat'
Self-styled cleaner to the stars Gina Farrell fled her solicitor's office after grabbing the deeds of an apartment she owns and against which an undertaking had been given to pay a €100,000 debt, the High Court has heard.
Mr Justice Donald Binchy was told that Farrell went to Enda P Moran's offices in Celbridge, Co Kildare, on Monday with her husband Michael and an unidentified man on the pretext she needed to check the deeds, and then ran off with them.
A locum solicitor who tried to stop them was "pushed aside".
The court heard that Mr Moran had previously given an undertaking to another practice, to whom Farrell allegedly owed a legal costs debt of €158,471, that a settlement of €100,000 would be paid to it from the sale of her apartment in Celbridge.
The court was told that Brian O'Brien had represented Farrell, trading as Gina Farrell Cleaning Services, in a High Court case in which developer Sean Dunne was awarded €22,500.
The award was made on the basis that Farrell had overcharged him for cleaning services at an apartment complex that his company owned in Foxrock, Co Dublin.
Initially a legal costs and VAT bill of €263,470 was reduced to a balance of €158,471 on payment by Farrell of €105,000.
Later this figure was reduced to €100,000 after settlement talks which, Judge Binchy heard, had not been paid.
The court was told that, while Farrell's apartment, jointly owned with her husband, had gone 'sale agreed' for €208,000 in July, Mr Moran had not heard from anyone about the sale.
Then on Monday the Farrells and the unidentified man visited Mr Moran's office on the pretext they needed to check the deeds on the instructions of Bank of Ireland to see if they could obtain a loan.
When a locum solicitor presented the deeds on her desk, Farrell "grabbed them and proceeded with her husband and the other man to flee from the office", the judge was told.
The court heard that the locum had tried to take back the deeds but was "pushed aside".
The locum later rang Mr O'Brien's office to say the €100,000 undertaking had been cancelled.
Judge Binchy was told that Mr O'Brien believed the Farrells were conducting the sale through another solicitor.
The judge granted Mr O'Brien injunctions against the Farrells, of Dangan Park, Kimmage, Dublin 12, restraining them from dealing with their assets. The proceedings were adjourned.