British businessman rushed to hospital after catching Zim nurse wife cheating with lover in marital bedroom
A nurse who claimed she was "showered" with luxury gifts by her wealthy fiancé hurled her engagement ring across court as she was ordered to pay him back more than £ 200,000.
Trish Garikayi, 37, claimed she was a "kept woman" during her six-year relationship with a 58-year-old businesswoman Wisdom Penfold, receiving presents including Porsche 911 and a £ 100,000 diamond bracelet from Mayfair Aspreys jewelers.
However, Mr Penfold insisted Miss Garikayi "misappropriated" money while he was blinded by love, spending huge sums that he had earmarked for them to buy a home together.
The couple split in 2015 when Mr Penfold found her in bed with another man, leading to a bitter court fight over money.
Judge Alexander Hill-Smith yesterday ruled in Mr Penfold's favor, ordering Miss Garikayi to pay back £ 116,000, hand over 20 percent of her £ 340,000 home, and settle £ 62,000 of legal bills.
After the judge said Miss Garikayi had her "eyes firmly on winning the case" and he did not believe her evidence, she took off her £ 2,500 engagement ring and threw it across the courtroom to Mr. Penfold.
The businessman, a tree importer and exporter, calmly picked up the discarded jewelery and handed it to his solicitor.
Central London county court heard the couple got together after meeting in a hospital cafe in 2009, and they became engaged four years later.
But Mr Penfold was left devastated when he returned home in 2015 to find Miss Garikayi in bed with another man (a doctor), and was so shaken up that he needed to be rushed to A & E.
Miss Garikayi claimed the couple had already split, but Judge Hill-Smith said he believed Mr. Penfold's "compelling" account of the end of their "perfect" relationship.
The court heard £ 218,000 had been paid into Miss Garikayi's account after Mr Penfold sold two investment properties, but she insisted it was a gift because "if I wanted something, I would get it."
"The nature of the relationship was one where Mr. Penfold bestowed and showered Miss Garikayi with lavish gifts," argued her lawyer Chike Ezike.
It was claimed Mr Penfold whisked her away on luxury vacations to Paris, Spain, Indonesia, and Dubai, and bought her to Porsche, BMW and Mercedes and the £ 100,000 bracelet.
But Mr Penfold denied being so generous: "I think if I gave £ 100,000 for a bracelet I would quite remember it. I think it would be welded in my brain for the rest of my life. "
I have accepted buying Miss Garikayi presents, including Burberry coat and Jimmy Choo shoes, but denied handing over large sums of money or ever buying her a car.
His barrister Richard Alford said Miss Garikayi insisted on the £ 218,000 deposit into his account to mark "the seriousness of their relationship."
"He did as requested, instructing her that the funds were to be held in the account and not used unless he said so," said Mr. Alford.
However Miss Garikayi then spent money on herself, including £ 91,000 to buy a property in Harare, Zimbabwe, without her permission, the court heard.
The judge ruled that Mr Penfold had also paid a £ 35,000 deposit on Miss Garikayi's property in Guildford, which he bought for £ 275,000 in 2015, and funded refurbishments and two mortgage payments. This spending now entitles him to a share of the property.
The judge said the Zimbabwe house purchase was "in breach of trust" as he ruled in Mr. Penfold's favor on his financial claims.
Miss Garikayi now has six months to buy her ex from the Guildford property or it will be sold and the proceeds divided.
Following the ruling, she was ordered to pay £ 30,000 of Mr. Penfold's legal costs within three weeks and was told lawyers will seek to ultimately double that bill.
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