Millionaire baffled why partner ‘so aggressive’ after replacing her

15:56 29 January 2014

The hearing was held in secret at The Royal Courts of Justice in London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The hearing was held in secret at The Royal Courts of Justice in London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A businessman worth millions could not understand when he installed another woman into his home and asked his partner of 30 years if she would stay on as a housekeeper why she became ‘so aggressive’, a judge heard.

The details emerged from a private trial in the Family Division of the High Court, where the man’s partner was awarded a payout of more than £6million.

Mr Justice Bodey said the couple, from London, could not be identified, but his judgment reveals the man, who has interests in a portfolio of property in the capital, was in his 70s, and the partner in her 50s.

They married in the late 1970s and divorced in the 1990s, but the judge said they treated the divorce as ‘just a piece of paper’ and carried on living together.

About five years ago the man met another woman, and Mr Justice Bodey revealed his rather unorthodox plan for new living arrangements.

“The husband installed the other woman - and her 12-year-old daughter - into the marital home.

“The husband told (his partner) he was not intending her to vacate, and would she remain as some sort of housekeeper?”

He said she found the suggestion ‘very demeaning and upsetting’, and consulted solicitors to begin litigation, but the Judge said the man ‘could not come to terms with why (the partner), through her lawyers, had become so aggressive’.

Mr Justice Bodey ruled she was entitled to nearly half of a ‘kitty’ containing more than £13million.

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