A WOMAN banned from leaving Mauritius is missing out on seeing her terminally ill father again, alleging she stole household items from a villa she once shared with her ex.
Teresa de Freitas, 47, is alleged to have swiped an £89.95 Nespresso machine and a £222 White Company bedding set, among other gadgets, from a villa she used to live in. shared with ex-partner Terry Smith, 68, on the paradise island.
The couple spent 13 years together before their separation sparked fierce legal battles last February.
The stockbroker, who was previously dubbed “Britain’s Warren Buffet”, has brought eight legal claims against Teresa, who filed four of them in response, Guardians reported.
Mr. Smith alleges she embezzled money from an account she had access to, obtained household items without permission and was in dispute over car ownership.
She was arrested and released on bail following theft charges in April.
Teresa strongly denied the claims, saying she bought the items herself but returned them as a “gesture of goodwill”.
Previously, she said that she was being “a victim of abandoning a powerful and rich man”.
Now, messy legal proceedings have prevented her from leaving the country to visit her ailing father who is receiving palliative care in Madeira with pancreatic cancer.
Teresa must seek court approval before she can make the 6,000-mile trip to be with him after she was forced to hand over her passport due to cases.
“It’s like your basic rights as a human being are taken from you,” she said.
“I should have stolen a Nespresso machine and I couldn’t go to my dying father? How can you do this to a woman in the 21st century?
“It’s the idea that you’re trapped. You’re on a small island in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean, where leaving illegally has lasting consequences.”
In a statement provided to Sunday Times through his attorneys, Mr. Smith was not sympathetic.
He said: “She could certainly see justification for her arrest because she had stolen a payload of my belongings, to which she confessed.
“Without the actions of Madame de Freitas there could not have been an arrest. If this is currently making it difficult for her to travel, perhaps she should see her own actions as the source of the problem. subject, not mine, but I doubt she would.”
Mr. Smith, who lives in Mauritius, had previously written to Teresa hinting at an agreement if he could maintain a relationship with her child, whom he is not the biological father of.
In February, before the legal battle was kicked off, he said: “Due to your hot face and unwillingness to respond to suggestions, I’ve taken action.
“I intend to pursue legal action against you in all respects in whatever jurisdiction you are in indefinitely. Even if I don’t win, I will cause you problems for years. ”
He added, “However, I am still prepared to reach an agreement with you.”
In October, Mr. Smith’s lawyers said these quotes were taken out of context from a longer private email.
They said his priority was to peacefully resolve the dispute between him and De Freitas.
The financier assured Teresa “all proceedings would stop” if he was allowed access to her daughter.
A court date is scheduled for tomorrow where Teresa will find out if she is allowed to go see her father.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4679406/cant-see-terminally-ill-father-claims-stole-bedding/ I can’t see my terminally ill father because of claims I stole £89.95 Nespresso machine and £222 White Company bedding