What on earth is going on?
Almost a year ago Mr de Freitas had issued bankruptcy proceedings against me. The petition was based on an order to make an interim payment of £400,000 costs in the libel case which I had lost. I hadn't paid the £400,000 and so they were chasing me for bankruptcy.
There had been several hearings and the bankruptcy petition had been adjourned again and again, this was because I was appealing the judgement.
We were due to have another hearing on the 26th September 2017 at 11am at the Rolls Building of the High Court.
It was going to be very simple. I had agreed with Mr de Freitas lawyers to an adjourn the petition until after the appeal, which was fairly logical. The appeal is on April 17-18 2018, so we would adjourn after then.
On the morning of the 26th September off I went to the High Court. I had some time to kill so I paid £11 to do some searches on the court database of bankruptcy petitions etc. I wanted to see what my case looked like on the system.
And then I thought, well lets just type David de Freitas into the system and see what happens.
And then guess what? I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
It turned out that HMRC had made a statutory demand against Mr de Freitas the month before, for alleged unpaid taxes. How weird was this?
Even weirder still when I checked the courts listings his case was the same day. His case was being heard one hour after mine as 12pm and in the same court room.
So the guy who has been trying to bankrupt me is now facing bankruptcy himself. The whole thing was truly bizarre.
For the sake of accuracy I must say that I don't actually know the outcome of Mr de Freitas case. As far as I know he is not bankrupt, but it is correct to say he is fighting early stages of bankruptcy action by HMRC. All I know is that HMRC made a statutory demand, which is the first stage in bankruptcy proceedings, regarding £90,0000 of unpaid taxes, he had made an application to have it set aside and I believe that the application is what was being heard that day. The outcome is not know yet.
|David de Freitas name pops up on the computer screen.|
|Both our names are on the same cause list for 26th September 2017|