The world laughs at the stupidity of two brothers who destroyed their late mother’s home in the Victoria region after their sister was named executor of their estate, a Victoria judge said.
Malcolm and Garry Taylor lost their inheritance and have now received significant fines following their dramatic response to their sister being appointed executor.
The judge posted images of them gleefully destroying the house in an attempt to prevent their sister from inheriting a penny.
The brothers, now 57 and 59, traveled from their Queensland home to Murtoa, near Horsham, in March 2019, just days before the property went up for auction.
It had previously sold for $ 99,000, but the sale fell through after the home suffered water damage. It was to be auctioned with an expected price of up to $ 75,000.
But on the eve of the auction, the men hired a bulldozer and filmed themselves tearing down part of the house. When someone called the police, the brothers told the local officer that they were doing “renovations.”
Malcolm Taylor texted his sister saying “renovations have started”, while that night, at a soccer game at MCG, Garry Taylor posted on social media that they were having “a few beers at soccer afterwards. from a hard day of renewal. “
Malcolm Taylor had previously removed a hot water service, and had told a real estate agent that he did not want his sister to profit from any sales and that he would continue to take things until there was nothing left.
“You were laughing as you destroyed your inheritance and that of your sister. Now the world is laughing at you for your stupidity, ”Victoria County Court Judge Michael Cahill told the brothers on Friday.
The brothers were fined $ 10,000 each after admitting theft and criminal damage charges.
During a pre-sentencing hearing, the court heard that Malcolm Taylor was truly sorry for his actions that day.
But before sentencing, prosecutors tried to squash that argument, pointing the judge to a media report in which Malcolm Taylor answered “absolutely no” when asked by a journalist if he regretted his actions.
Mike Anderson, a lawyer who appeared with both men via video link from Hervey Bay, said they had been harassed by the media over the incident.
“If your lordship had any concerns about the concept of deterrence, the media have done it,” he said. “There is no way these men will offend again.”
The total loss to the estate was estimated to be approximately $ 60,000, a loss of $ 20,000 each. The brothers agreed in May 2019 to pay their sister a “reasonable” amount to compensate her for the lost inheritance.
They had tried to challenge her sister’s appointment as executor of her mother’s estate because she did not pay the legacies to her children.
Cahill said they had agreed to cooperate with her after the woman was ordered to remain as executor after paying what was owed.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism