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Judge gives pensioner her house back after agreement with son

A PENSIONER has won a court action to get her house back from her spend-thrift son.

A judge heard that former mobile phone company employee William Edgar pestered his mother Mary to put her Greenock home in their joint names. He promised her a new kitchen and new carpets for the Nicolson Street flat but instead blew most of the loan they obtained on it within days.

Mrs Edgar - who was 74 when she signed over a half share in the flat for "love, favour and affection" - asked the Court of Session in Edinburgh to scrap the deal.

Judge Lord Burns agreed that the arrangement made in December 2008 should be over-turned after hearing about Mrs Edgar's medical problems.

In his written ruling issued yesterday, Lord Burns also said: "I must record that I did not form a good impression of the defender (William Edgar) when he gave his evidence. I did not find him credible or reliable."

After he became a joint owner of the flat a mortgage loan of £25,273.95 was credited to Mr Edgar's account on December 15 2008.

Four days later Mr Edgar paid off debts of £3778 and £9953 and bought a car for almost £5000.

Lord Burns rejected Mr Edgar's claim that his mother knew perfectly well what she was doing.

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