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Bonkers Blog June 2018

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16 June - The company they keep

While Bonkers was looking into the first of several allegations made against former Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and before I came to the conclusion that she may well have been the subject of a revenge attack by the enemies she had made within the Council, I was copied into some correspondence between her business associates who were on opposite sides of a property business argument. It was notable mainly for the intemperate language used by someone purporting to be an auditor and an accountant.

Ray Robson who won the libel case against Maxine Fothergill for her admitted lies was called “scum of the earth” and a lady who supported him and wrote to Kent Police earlier this year in my defence was called “a stupid girl”.

The correspondence began in January 2016 and I am still being copied into the explosive emails. I am not exactly sure why but can only conclude that friends of Maxine wish it to be known that they are still battling on her behalf.

Unfortunately the ins and outs of the property business are well beyond my comprehension so there is no possibility that I can judge the intricacies of the rights and wrongs of it, but some facts are inviolable.

I met Ray Robson last November but apart from that I don’t know any of the protagonists. For character references I only know that Ray and his fellow litigant Hayley Warnes persuaded the celebrity solicitor Mark Lewis to take on their case on a no win no fee basis and he in turn persuaded a Court that Maxine Fothergill lied, indeed she admitted as much.

So what her friends hope to achieve is hard to fathom except that some sort of revenge appears to be on their minds.

Their language has not improved and Ray Robson continues to be known as “scum of the earth” in correspondence which has been sent to the leading lights of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the object presumably being to persuade them, as Maxine Fothergill tried to do earlier, that she is more worthy of membership than those she libelled.

What sort of accountant refers to an RICS member as “scum of the earth” as well as “warped, deluded, mentally deranged and in need of psychiatric help” in an email (13th June 2018) to the RICS and 20 of his business associates?

The same accountant goes on to accuse Hayley Warnes of fraud, the lady who was deemed innocent by Kent Police and paid £40,000 in damages by Maxine Fothergill.

“I believe there was fraud at Mariners Walk and other Estates in 2014 and in light of the evidence contained in my Witness Statement this was, in my opinion, committed by Hayley Warnes, Ben Quaye and others acting in association with them. I believe the evidence against them is compelling”.

The evidence has already been before both the police and the High Court. The libel madness apparently extends beyond former Councillors into her circle of friends.

Another of the accountant’s gripes is that surveyor Ray Robson makes no secret of the fact he would like to see Maxine Fothergill’s AMAX Estates out of business and who can blame him for that?


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