Trish Garikayi, 37, has been reordered to repay her former lover at least £116,000 in gifts and cash which she had received when they were in crazy in love with each other. Judge Alexander Hill-Smith made the ruling after noting that Garikayi had “misappropriated” her partner’s cash which had been entrusted to her when her then-boyfriend Wisdom Penfold, was blinded by love. Penfold who is 58 years of age fell in love with Garikayi and was so besotted with her that he pampered her with a Porsche 911 and a £100,000 diamond bracelet among other gifts.
However, he took Garikayi to court after learning that she had cheated on him and was having an affair with another man. According to the Mirror, Judge Alexander Hill-Smith was impressed by Penfold’s evidence and in her ruling she said,
I unhesitatingly prefer the evidence of Mr Penfold… he gave his evidence in a careful way. I find his account of the break-up of the relationship, his returning to the house, his reaction to it, going to A&E and being badly affected, compelling.
Her account of the breakdown of the relationship was very unspecific. His written statement is thorough and comprehensive and presents a coherent account of what occurred.
An angry Garikayi hurled her £2,500 engagement ring across the courtroom at Penfold who calmly picked it up and handed it to his solicitor. She unsuccessfully tried to claim that she was a “kept woman” who was entitled to all the gifts that she had received. According to Penfold’s lawyers, some of the money was used to purchase a property in Harare worth £91,000.
Penfold’s lawyers are seeking £62,000 in costs against Miss Garikayi, and the judge ordered her to pay £30,000 of that within 21 days.