A man has come to blows with a judge in Family Law Court after he appeared to be caught lying about his finances to explain why he had fallen behind in maintenance payments for his young son.
The man claimed he was struggling to make payments as he was living off only his weekly social welfare payment of €203. However, he was left red-faced after the solicitor representing the child's mother produced brank statements which showed him spending over €400 at the online sex shop Love Honey between March and July!
"You have an absolute cheek coming in here expecting me to believe what you are saying because I don't believe a word of it," exclaimed Judge Mary Larkin to the man.
"You wouldn't be spending over half your money on a fiddlydyedoe if you had only €203 a week," she continued with utterly brilliant use of the legal term fiddlydyedoe.
"You tell me how you can come in here and tell me that if you are on €203 a week and you are spending €139 and another €139 on a fiddlydyedoe?"
The man's response? A feeble: "It was a mistake judge."
But, of course, that didn't fly with Judge Mary Larkin. "No. It wasn't a mistake because you didn't have one bother with money because otherwise you wouldn't have spent the money."
"You would not be paying that kind of money for an absolute nonsense."
The man went on to claim that this spending was reckless on his part and was actually far beyond his means. The judge did not buy this however, concluding that the man is 'extremely well-off' after it transpired he is the owner of two houses without mortgages and has had previously cash businesses.
"He obviously can buy diddlydodas or whatever you want to call those things whenever he wants without any regard to the cost or the expense which is obviously not the activity of a man who is on €203 a week," Judge Larking declared.
In the end, she ordered that his weekly payments be doubled from €40 a week to €80 a week, and that he must pay all arrears by October 7th.
Oh dear, oh dear. At least this man has learned a valuable lesson to never try and get his fiddlydyedoe past Judge Mary Larkin - or his diddlydodas for that matter.
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