Inside a rich-list family’s bitter legal fight over a $2.4MILLION waterside mansion as their daughter splits with her fiancé after admitting to an affair with a married man – and he wants a quarter of the house
- Rich-list family are locked in a fraught legal fight with their daughter’s ex-fiancé
- Geoff and Elizabeth Ingram bought daughter and partner home near Brisbane
- Couple split in June, months after the purchase of canal-side home went through
- Daughter Emma admitted to an affair with a co-worker, according to court filing
- Ex-fiancé Lucas Hunter applied for a quarter of Cleveland property’s title deeds
A rich-list family who run a top recruitment consultancy firm are locked in a legal fight with their daughter’s ex-fiancé over a $2.4million home bought for the couple when they were together.
Sirras Consultants director Emma Ingram, 30, ended her engagement to partner Lucas Hunter in June after admitting to an affair with a married-with-children co-worker, according to Queensland Supreme Court documents.
But her parents Geoff and Elizabeth – who are also Sirras directors – had only months earlier bought the couple a plush four-bedroom canal-side home with a pool in Cleveland south-east of Brisbane.
Sirras counts the Australian Government as one of its clients and vets potential recruits before they are assigned to highly-classified roles in the civil service.
Geoff and Elizabeth Ingram pictured back left and right with their daughter Emma Ingram (front left) and her ex-fiancé Lucas Hunter. The elder Ingrams are now fighting to take ownership of a $2.4million home they bought for the couple after their daughter admitted to an affair and she and Mr Hunter split
The $2.4million home in Cleveland, south-east of Brisbane. Geoff and Elizabeth Ingram are directors of the successful recruitment vetting firm Sirras Consultants – which counts the Australian government as one of its clients
Mr Hunter packed up his belongings and moved out of the home – located in a luxurious residential community facing Raby Bay – after learning of the affair.
Ms Ingram’s parents have now applied to remove Hunter – an Education Department employee – from the deeds of the 870-square-metre home, The Australian reported.
Geoff and Elizabeth Ingram claim they provided $240,000 as a deposit for the house but only if the couple repaid the funds immediately.
‘Had Emma and Lucas not agreed, Geoff and I would have insisted Emma and Lucas come off the contract, leaving Geoff and me as purchasers,’ a affidavit from Elizabeth Ingram said.
‘Emma and Lucas did not make any financial contributions towards the purchase of the property.’
The ex-fiancé has in response applied to the court for a quarter of the home.
The home’s kitchen pictured. Geoff and Elizabeth Ingram claim they provided $240,000 as a deposit for the house but only if the couple repaid the funds immediately
The ex-fiancé has applied to the court for a quarter of the home, set in a plush residential community facing Raby Bay near Brisbane
Mr Hunter packed up his belongings and moved out of the home (its pool pictured) – located in a luxurious residential community facing Raby Bay – after learning of the affair
In an affidavit supplied to the court, Mr Hunter said he had lost out financially when the Ingrams told him to sell his own investment property.
He said has been unable to find another home at a similar price since the break-up.
Mr Hunter is also claiming $6,500 – half the cost of a Tiffany diamond ring.
The Ingrams are seeking to transfer Hunter’s stake in the home to themselves.