A property tycoon has been ordered to pay his ex-wife an additional £40,000 to reinstate the 50, plus, Olive Trees which disappeared following the settlement of his £60 million divorce.
Mr Christoforou was ordered to hand over a share of his multimillion-pound Cypriot estate to his ex-wife in divorce proceedings which had more than 50 olive trees planted. However, before handing over the land, the Olive Trees had been uprooted, a High Court judge heard.
Christakis Christoforou was accused of removing the trees, worth £150,000, in what was described in the judges summation as an, “act of pure spite”. Ibtissam Ali Christoforou, his former wife, has lived in London for approximately 40 years.
Mrs Justice Roberts said Mr Christoforou had created an “elaborate narrative” concerning the disappearance of the trees. He denied removing the decades old trees despite before-and-after aerial photographs showed them vanishing from his estranged wife’s property in the village of Silikou, and two rows of new trees suddenly appearing on his land.
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