Woman, 71, sues her ex-lover for £200,000 for ‘disposing of garbage’ in the garden after breaking up with ‘burning the fields’

A woman with GREEN fingers has sued her ex-boyfriend for £200,000 for “throwing trash” in her flower beds after they split.

Patricia Langley, 71, claims that her former lover Lucian Milburn was behind a “swidden burning” incident in the garden of the apartment where they lived.

Patricia Langley, who sued her ex-boyfriend


Patricia Langley, who sued her ex-boyfriendCredit: Champion News
She accuses Lucian Milburn of an arson'after breakup'


She accuses Lucian Milburn of an arson ‘after breakup’Credit: Champion News

The couple lived together in an apartment in Camden, north londonbut ended up struggling with a “sad and regrettable” trial after they broke up.

In London’s Central District Court, Ms Langley sued him for around £200,000 for wrongful interference with her crops, restrictions on access to the garden and a series of breaches of his duties as a judge. way is the owner of the building in which the apartment is located.

But despite having fined her around £13,000 in damages for breaching his obligations to his libertarian, a judge left nothing to Ms Langley after dismissing her claim that her ex has torn down her lovingly tended garden and demanded she pay more than £15,000 for his lawyer bills. .

The court heard that the couple had been in a relationship for many years and together in 2001 purchased a second-floor apartment in a townhouse on Camden Street, of which Mr. Milburn was the free owner.

They separated in 2011 and Mr Milburn moved into another apartment in the basement of the house, where he now lives with his wife.

Ms Langley testified that, in 2015, her ex then tried to ban her from the apartment’s shared front garden and soon discovered flowers and plants she had maintained for many years. year destroyed.


She said: ‘I walked out and saw that the front garden was like a field, except for Mr. Milburn’s favorite plants: peonies, geraniums.

“All of my trees have been uprooted and torn up. Some may even have to be dug up.

“His favorite crops were left untouched. Gardenias were left untouched.

“It’s indescribable, the destruction of what was once a well-groomed garden… It’s an act of decomposing my effigy.”

She told the judge she believed her ex “had a hand in her crop trade, claiming he was ‘sneaky and dishonest’.

She also sued for damages for breach of some of Mr. Milburn’s obligations to her as a free-standing owner, making him her landlord as well as joint owner of the flat.

After a Christmas storm in 2017, the apartment was damaged by rainwater, making it “uninhabitable”, she claimed.

She was then deprived of a power supply for months, she added,

Judge Simon Monty QC said Ms Langley’s evidence about the trees was “overblown” and over-dramatic, claiming that “she is at her side with grief”.


He said: “I am not convinced by the evidence I have heard that Mr Milburn was responsible for the destruction of the factories.

“Miss Langley was particularly reluctant to accuse him directly of doing it.

“The furthest thing Miss Langley was about to go was to say that Mr Milburn ‘had his hand in’ and that ‘he knew how to dig in the trees, and he was unharmed'”.

“I am not convinced by Miss Langley that it was Mr. Milburn who destroyed the crops.”

He also received some compensation for the loss of his crop during the previous trial, he said.

Claims that Mr Milburn had not maintained common portions of the property were also dismissed, but the judge awarded her almost £13,000 in compensation for the effects of flooding following the storm on Christmas 2017.

However, Mr Milburn offered to settle the case before trial for £30,000, which she refused, meaning she would have to pay £15,689 for his lawyer bills, leaving her in debt to him. £2,744 at the end of the case.

The house in Camden Road, London, where Patricia Langley and Lucian Milburn lived together before splitting in 2011


The house in Camden Road, London, where Patricia Langley and Lucian Milburn lived together before splitting in 2011Credit: Champion News Woman, 71, sues her ex-lover for £200,000 for ‘disposing of garbage’ in the garden after breaking up with ‘burning the fields’


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