Businessman Mark Hare, 58, who gave his ex-girlfriend Olivia Claffey, 41, a £30,000 ring as a Christmas present while they were still together, is suing the jewelers after she lost it on a train.
Man is suing jewelers after ex-girlfriend loses expensive ring on a train: A court was told that she is “reckless” with expensive items. Ms Claffey started an extensive and frantic search by rail staff after the diamond ring went missing at London Victoria station on the 4th March 2018. Mr Hare is now suing Philip Lloyd Jewelers in Reigate. Whom sold him the ring. At Central London County Court.
He is an insurance broker from Warninglid, West Sussex, and has claimed that the diamond was not properly fixed into the ring. And that the setting which held the diamond in place had snapped off.
He is saying that the jeweler now owes him the £30,750 that he paid for it.
Currently representing Mr Hare, Andrew Spencer said that the setting did not have the quality when made to hold the diamond securely in place. And that Ms Claffey had only worn it a handful of times before the diamond fell out and went missing. He said to the judge “The only options are misuse or a defective ring. I submit that on Ms Claffey’s evidence misuse is completely ruled out.”
The jewelers are claiming that “heavy use and recklessness” are the cause of the diamond going missing. Also that Ms Claffey probably removed her glove too roughly and that was the cause. later. they went on to say that she would of been petrified to tell Mr Hare that she had lost it.
During this, in her defense, Ms Clafey said that she had been admiring the ring on her journey to Victoria Station. And that she only realized that the diamond was missing as she was getting into a taxi at the station. Four hours were spent looking for the ring before she conceded and had to call Mr Hare with the bad news.
Later she said “I was quite nervous because I had to say. ‘by the way the £29,000 diamond you gave me for Christmas which at the time was the most beautiful and significant thing I’d ever been given was lost.” Judge Nicholas Parfitt, who is hearing the case, reserved his ruling and will deliver it at a later date.
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