Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Paul McCartney Divorce Judgmenet in Full

Telegraph
By Caroline Gammell and Matthew Moore



The judge who heard the Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney divorce case has said that Miss Mills was an "inaccurate and inconsistent" witness.
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Previously unknown details of the divorce settlement have been made public in Mr Justice Bennett's full judgment, after a court refused Miss Mills's application for secrecy.


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In it, the judge states that the former model's evidence was "not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid. Overall she was a less than impressive witness." The judge described Sir Paul evidence as "balanced". He said: "He expressed himself moderately though at times with justifiable irritation, if not anger. He was consistent, accurate and honest." However, Mr Justice Bennett said: "But I regret to have to say I cannot say the same about the wife's evidence.
"Having watched and listened to her give evidence, having studied the documents, and having given in her favour every allowance for the enormous strain she must have been under (and in conducting her own case), I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid. Overall she was a less than impressive witness."
The judge said that Miss Mills was a "strong-willed and determined personality" who had shown great fortitude in overcoming her disability.
He said: "She has conducted her own case before me with a steely, yet courteous, determination." He also described her as a "kindly person" who is "devoted to her charitable causes". The decision to make the judgment public is a new blow to Miss Mills, who had wanted the judge's full ruling to remain confidential, arguing that it would compromise their daughter's privacy. Sir Paul had lobbied for it to be released.A summary of the divorce ruling - which left Miss Mills with a fraction of the sum she had demanded - was made public by the High Court yesterday.But her application for an appeal against the judge's preference for releasing the full statement was rejected this morning and the judgment released.
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Miss Mills, who represented herself throughout the divorce hearing, was not at the Court of Appeal to hear the decision.
Sir Paul sealed an emphatic victory over his ex-wife yesterday after a judge awarded her £24.3 million, less than a fifth of the £125 million she had sought from their four year marriage.
While Sir Paul, 65, left the High Court with a smile and no comment, his former wife launched an 11-minute tirade against the British judicial system in front of scores of journalists and the television cameras.
Miss Mills, 40, said the couple's daughter Beatrice, four, was now "meant to travel 'B' class while her father travels 'A' class".
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She alleged that Sir Paul's legal representative Fiona Shackleton had handled the case in the "worst way you could ever, ever imagine".
But the former model insisted she was happy with the ruling and said she would not contest the judgment.
"It was an incredible result in the end to secure mine and my daughter's future and that of all the charities that I obviously plan on helping - because you know it has been my life for 20 years."
The ruling by Mr Justice Bennett was imposed after the couple failed to reach an agreement during a six day hearing last month.
It was disclosed that the ex-Beatle had initially offered Miss Mills £15.8 million, which was rejected.

Warren Shiell is a Los Angeles Divorce Attorney

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