Ecclestone girl wins court action

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The daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone has won her court action against a "sophisticated fraudster" who she says has cost her £1.5 million.

Petra Stunt claimed that Paul Fleury used a large number of forged invoices to exploit his position of trust and misappropriate substantial sums while involved in the £25 million redevelopment of Sloane Lodge, in Old Church Street, Chelsea, which she bought in February 2012.

Mr Fleury, who worked for the Ecclestone family for seven years, had his assets frozen in August last year.

He is now alleged to have committed "numerous serious and deliberate" breaches of the freezing injunction and an application to commit him to prison for contempt will be heard at London's High Court tomorrow.

Today, in separate proceedings, Mr Justice Turner ruled that Sloane House Ltd - Mrs Stunt's company which engaged the contractors undertaking the redevelopment - was entitled to summary judgment against Mr Fleury in the sum of £1.58 million.

At a hearing in March, Mrs Stunt's counsel, David Cavender QC described Mr Fleury as a "sophisticated fraudster" and said his defence that there was an oral agreement that he was entitled to 5% commission was "inherently incredible" and an "obvious fabrication".

Dismissing Mr Fleury's case as hopeless, Mr Justice Turner said that his commission defence was "a convenient lie which he invented months after his wrongdoing had come to light".

Mrs Stunt was not in court for the ruling.

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