Judge Attacks Helena Skeggs Over Delaying Tactics
July 17, 2012
A senior British judge yesterday lambasted Helena Skeggs (above) as "opportunistic" after a submission of a medical certificate in the latest delaying stunt to hold off a court case.
His Honour Judge David Mitchell (below) sitting in the London Central County Court was outraged when Skeggs did not appear in his court to answer a summons over a claim for £60,000. Skeggs' husband Richard Skeggs and their advisor, Philip Englefield, presented the medical certificate as a reason to have the case adjourned to a later date.
This came on top of the surprise news at the last minute that Skeggs' legal representatives, the London law firm of solicitors Sasto & Klinger, were "...no longer instructed in the above matter..." in letters sent out to the two Filipinos claiming large amounts of money from Skeggs. The first claimant had agreed to an out of court settlement in regards to her claim of £74,000 as that hearing was halted on the second day at the same court in front of a different judge a few weeks ago, although it is understood she [the first claimant] may be returning to court to have the hearing re-established.
Judge Mitchell had no option but to adjourn yesterday's hearing until later in the year, for a date yet to be set. He added ominously that if Mrs Skeggs wishes to attempt to produce yet another medical certificate, he [the judge] would require the doctor to appear in person to attest to the level of "sickness".
He also ordered that any medical certificate must be produced to the court at least 72 hours before the next hearing.
Skeggs, who also pretends to some that she is part of the Marcos family, has made a habit of pulling stunts to delay court hearings, if she attends court at all.
In one case a few years ago, one solicitor was so incensed by Skeggs' games over a set of three law suits in an east London County Court (Ilford) that he applied twice to have her jailed. In that particular case, when Skeggs realized the threat of prison was real and imminent she raced to the court, entering the court manager's office with an open check-book asking how much would it cost to make it all go away. Unlike checks paid to her many creditors, this one did not bounce.
These court hearings are the tip of the iceberg of Filipino complainants in the UK who have entrusted Skeggs with their money for various matters, including loans, investments and fish trading among other schemes.
Getting Skeggs to repay the money always proves a problem.