A BLUE over a red Ferrari has left a Central Coast businessman crimson-faced after the Supreme Court ordered him to hand over the car to the man who was to be his father-in-law.
Alan Redford and Mitchell Slattery, who was in a de facto relationship with Mr Redford’s step-daughter, agreed to import a 2002 model Ferrari Modena from England last year, Acting Justice Brian Tamberlin said recently.
Mr Redford paid $80,000 to import the car and thought he could sell it for at least $180,000 after Mr Slattery told him that he was importing a Ferrari 360 Spyder for $110,000 and would sell it for $200,000.
Mr Slattery, whose business is based at Terrigal, arranged the purchase but by June last year, Mr Redford had not received his car and was becoming anxious, Acting Justice Tamberlin said.
Mr Slattery’s relationship with Mr Redford’s stepdaughter ended and Mr Redford later saw Mr Slattery driving a red Ferrari around the Central Coast.
Mr Redford even learnt that Mr Slattery was pulled over by police while driving the Ferrari.
Mr Redford finally received the car, had it registered and washed it on his driveway. He then travelled to Sydney and spent the night, but when he returned the next day the car was gone.
Mr Redford went to Mr Slattery’s home a few days later and found the Ferrari parked in the driveway.
Mr Slattery had kept a set of keys.
Acting Justice Tamberlin said Mr Slattery, who represented himself, was ‘‘non-responsive in evidence and argumentative in the extreme’’.
Mr Slattery claimed that a number of documents such as registration and insurance papers that Mr Redford tendered were false, but Mr Slattery had no evidence to support his claims, Acting Justice Tamberlin said.
Mr Slattery also claimed that the $80,000 he received from Mr Redford was to settle a $200,000 debt Mr Redford’s stepdaughter had accrued. Acting Justice Tamberlin ruled that such a debt did not exist and Mr Slattery actually owed Mr Redford’s wife $60,000.
Acting Justice Tamberlin ordered Mr Slattery to hand over the Ferrari and to repay the $60,000 to Mr Redford’s wife and any money owing to her company.