Grieving household of rich heiress who died in swimming pool launch civil motion in opposition to her property developer husband they imagine could have been liable for her loss of life– after he was cleared by choose
- Paula Leeson, drowned aged 47, regardless of being described as a wholesome girl
- Her husband Donald McPherson was accused of her homicide however acquitted
- Now Paula’s household are taking civil in opposition to him to cease insurance coverage claims
Kin of rich spouse who died in a vacation swimming pool are taking authorized motion in opposition to her husband to cease him gaining her belongings.
The household of Paula Leeson, who drowned aged 47 in Denmark, have launched civil proceedings in opposition to her former accomplice Donald McPherson.
Mr McPherson stood trial over the homicide of Paula earlier this yr with the prosecution alleging he had been making an attempt to say £3.5 million on her life insurance coverage and different belongings.
However Mr Justice Goose QC directed he be discovered not responsible after ruling the proof was not robust sufficient for a jury to have the ability to attain a verdict – however mentioned it was “clearly extra possible” that the defendant had killed her than the choice clarification of a tragic accident.
The Leeson household stay satisfied that he was accountable and have appointed a barrister for civil proceedings launched in opposition to the widower. Mr McPherson says he didn’t kill her and is harmless.
Paula’s brother Ben, 46, mentioned: ‘I’ve not acquired any religion within the authorized system. But it surely’s one thing we’ve got to do.
Paula Leeson, who drowned aged 47 in Denmark, was married to Donald McPherson, 47
Property developer Donald McPherson, 47, was acquitted of murdering his rich spouse
‘It’s not for monetary causes. However so long as it means he received’t have gained from Paula’s loss of life, then it’s price it for us.
‘It was exhausting sufficient to lose Paula. However the one factor we had was the trial and pondering: “At the least he’s not going to get away with it.” Then you definitely’re dashed once more,’ he added to the Occasions.
The thought of the civil case is to try to halt any insurance coverage claims or belongings the household imagine ought to go to her son, Ben.
There may be additionally a assessment listening to into Paula’s loss of life which is claimed to be due subsequent week.
Her family are hoping it might result in a full inquest, which might make an ‘illegal killing’ discovering.
The trial had heard that Paula was a wholesome mom of 1 discovered drowned in a 4ft-deep swimming pool in June 2017.
Danish summer season home the place Paula Leeson drowned in a 4 foot deep swimming pool
Consultants discovered 13 separate accidents on her physique, which might have been triggered whereas being restrained – or being rescued.
After her loss of life Mr McPherson transferred £27,000 from his joint account together with her to his private accounts to assist clear money owed of £67,000.
He was painted in courtroom as a serial liar with a string of aliases and 27 convictions for dishonesty and was jailed in 2000 for his half in stealing £12 million from a German financial institution.
However Mr Justice Goose QC felt there was not sufficient proof within the homicide trial for jurors to have the ability to decide.
He mentioned on the time: ‘I’ve come to the conclusion that as a matter of legislation that the proof in relation to how Paula Leeson got here to drown isn’t sufficiently robust to permit you to attain a correct verdict in relation to the defendant inflicting it by killing her.
‘I perceive how troublesome it will likely be due to this fact for the household to just accept from their viewpoint the lack of a daughter. This courtroom has apparent sympathy for them, however the legislation have to be utilized equally.’
After his acquittal, Mr McPherson launched an announcement saying: “On the sixth of June 2017, a horrible accident occurred in Norre Nebel, Denmark, that led to the loss of life of my spouse, Paula Leeson.
“A tragic accident is what it was and it saddens me, deeply, that the occasions in query ought to ever have been seen otherwise and that I used to be ever suspected of enjoying a component in Paula’s loss of life.”
MailOnline have made efforts to contact his lawyer over the brand new civil case.