6 million family feud If there was a winner in the Supreme Court yesterday, it was family matriarch Roslyn O'Meley.
Not so for her son Tony and his wife Ellie, and a couple of witnesses who the judge found were ''some of the worst witnesses I have ever encountered in 28 years on the Supreme Court bench''. In the middle was Arogen, the family owned company at Kurri Kurri that collapsed in March with debts estimated at up to $6million. In January this year, Roslyn became concerned about the company's finances and the lavish lifestyle being led by son shopping ray ban sunglasses Tony, and had him struck off as a director. In March, she put the family company into administration. In the latter days of the company's life, Tony withdrew more than $500,000 out of the company, mostly into the bank account of wife Ellie who used $140,000 of it to put a deposit on an apartment in Sydney's Woolloomooloo. Tony objected to his mother's power to dissolve the company, and took her to court. Yesterday, after 28 court listings and a six figure legal bill accrued by the family, Acting Justice Peter Young delivered a decisive victory to the mother. He had originally delivered his verdict in August, but it was suppressed until yesterday because son Tony told the court he had fresh evidence that the court needed to take into ochelari ray ban account. That evidence amounted to nothing, the court found yesterday, with Justice Young not only determining that two witnesses called by Tony were among the worst he'd seen, but determining there was sufficient evidence to suggest that Roslyn O'Meley's phone had been hacked by, or on behalf of, her son. The court had heard earlier that both Tony and Rodney O'Meley were declared bankrupt in 2005. They came out of bankruptcy in 2009 and resumed roles within the family companies. The court found the pair were largely responsible for the day to day running of the company, but Justice Young ruled their mother was legally the sole director at the time, and had the power to put the company into liquidation. He also ruled that Tony and Ellie O'Meley pay back more than $568,000 they withdrew from the company before they were shut out. Some was spent on a holiday to Los Angeles, the purchase of new cars and another holiday to Perth, he found. Ellie, he ruled, was also liable because she received the money in her own bank account and "knowingly accepted the fruit of Tony's ray ban wayfarer clear breaches". While those owed money by ray bann the O'Meleys and Arogen were happy with yesterday's judgment, it is unlikely it will translate into a cash return. Arogen remains in the hands of administrator Paul Gidley, who said that while yesterday's decision was "a fantastic outcome", it remains to be seen if Tony and Ellie O'Meley actually have the money they've been ordered to repay.
Mr Gidley said the company would continue to trade under the deed of company arrangement it had been operating under for several months. Those Hunter businesses and individuals still owed money would likely receive "somewhere between 20 and 40 cents" back for each dollar owed to them, he said. Local 90MinutesRed and Blue HQTipping CompetitionSoccerNRLNational AFLBasketballTournamentsRacing FormFishingEditorial LettersBlogsPollsLiz Love Eats OutColumn of the DayGREG RAY: Pictures of the Past.
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