Lottery millionaire sues to evict ex-wife’s parents from $3million mansion as he divorces her
Reclusive lottery millionaire sues to evict ex-wife’s parents from $3million mansion as he divorces her
- David Railton Kennedy said he lets his laws live rent-free in the property
- He also bought Mercedes as a gift for his mother-in-law, according to a lawsuit
- The ex-wife’s parents have requested that the case be suspended pending related proceedings
A millionaire who turned a huge foreign lottery win into a business empire wants his ex-wife’s parents kicked out of his massive mansion.
David Railton Kennedy, 50, is divorcing his wife Sasha, 48, whose mother and stepfather live in a $3million mansion in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.
New Zealand-born Mr Kennedy said he had let Joanne, 68, and Michael Podmore, 62, live for free at the property, which has panoramic coastal views, since 2016.
The reclusive millionaire who lives in a $30million Mermaid Beach resort also bought a Mercedes C200 as a gift for Ms Podmore in 2012, court documents show.
David Railton Kennedy (photo on the right) with his wife Sasha (photo on the left) from whom he is going to divorce
Mr Kennedy has filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Queensland seeking to evict his in-laws, the Courier Mail reported.
His lawyers wrote to the Podmores last July to tell them that unless they paid $2.1million, he would sell the four-bedroom home.
The Podmores then filed a caveat on the Gabrielle Grove home in August, and Mr Kennedy now wants that possession removed and vacant to sell.
The in-laws claimed in oral agreements that they had spent the money to renovate the property and the caveat protected their stake which they had earned through the improvements.
In response, Mr Kennedy said the Podmores were never the owners and any improvements they made were for lifestyle reasons and not to increase the value of the house.
The Burleigh House, which has panoramic coastal views, is owned by Mr Kennedy’s company, Railton Holdings Pty Ltd, as trustee of the Burleigh Property Trust.
The claim also says the property is owned by Mr Kennedy’s company, Railton Holdings Pty Ltd, as a trustee of Burleigh Property Trust.
David Railton Kennedy wants his in-laws out of a property in Gabrielle Grove, Burleigh Heads. Photo from realestate.com.au
The claim also said the Podmores “enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle” and “generated wealth” through his business success.
Mr. Kennedy claimed that they had previously lived rent-free in a $5 million beachfront apartment he owned on Albatross Avenue in Mermaid Beach for two years, ending in December 2011.
He also claims that around this time he was told by an employee that Mr. Podmore had been removed from the malpractice lawyer’s roll.
Mr Kennedy claimed that in June 2011 he told Mr Podmore he would no longer lend him money to run his sushi restaurant.
“Mike, the more money I lend you, the faster those phone calls come. I’m going to give you that loan, but I’m not lending you any more money for the business,’ Mr Kennedy said after agreeing to pay a $38,000 tax and pension debt for the business.
David Railton Kennedy (top photo) with his estranged wife Sasha (bottom photo)
“Don’t tell Joanne, Sasha or anyone else about these requests,” Mr Podmore reportedly replied.
Mr Kennedy’s documents also claimed he failed to get his loans back when the sushi business was sold.
The Podmores are defending the claim and have requested that the matter be stayed pending related proceedings.