THE ex-wife of a teacher, said to owe more than £1m. to his father's estate, argued there had never been an expectancy for the money to be repaid when appearing in the civil court yesterday.
Tim De Putron's former wife, Laura, pictured, opposed the action to determine the level of interest her former husband owed on a number of loans from his father, former States member, John Whitehead De Putron, who died in 2009.
The total amount owed is estimated to be at least £1.1m., according to the action brought by his brother, co-administrator of the estate, Peter De Putron.
But Mrs De Putron said there was never an indication that the sums were to be paid back with interest.
During her cross-examination Advocate Felicity Haskins, acting for Tim De Putron, questioned why Mrs De Putron believed the sums were a gift when there was evidence on John De Putron's computer to suggest otherwise. This included a spreadsheet, which showed 'loans' to his children, and a philosophy document that stated that, in respect of money loaned to Tim, it would be paid back at 'either market interest rates or reduced rates when Tim was not making good'.