The ‘arrogant’ lawyer, a fight over a fence and the TV rant that cost her a fortune: Neighborhood war in one of Australia’s most elite suburbs explodes while the tradition complains for $ 300,000
- An “arrogant” lawyer was instructed to pay her neighbor $ 300,000
- Anthony Cosco bought a $ 1.75 million house next to Vanessa Hutley in 2013
- The pair soon became embroiled in a war of words when Mr. Cosco carried out renovations
- Ms. Hutley appeared in A Current Affair to accuse Mr. Cosco of bullying
- She was found to have slandered him on Monday during the segment from 2016
An ‘arrogant’ lawyer has been sentenced to pay $ 300,000 to her trading neighbor after a bitter neighborly argument over a fence ended in a national TV rant.
Lawyer Vanessa Hutley accused builder Anthony Cosco of harassing her and her family and making their lives hell during an A Current Affair segment called ‘Vent Attack’ in June 2016.
But the minor neighborhood dispute this week hit the New South Wales Supreme Court, where Judge Stephen Rothman said that Mrs. Hutley of Balmain, inland Sydney, bullied Mr. Cosco and slandered him in the segment.
She is now ordered to pay more than $ 300,000 in damages.
Vanessa Hutley (photo) first had issues with builder Anthony Cosco when he and his family moved into the neighboring house in Balmain in 2013
The pair live in an exclusive part of Balmain, which has been refurbished and is now home to some of Sydney’s most elite
In the ACA episode, she accused him of bullying her and her family, endangering their lives, threatening her with bodily harm and a host of other claims.
Cosco filed defamation proceedings against Hutley after the segment, and on Monday, NSW Supreme Court judge Stephen Rothman dismissed all Hutley’s defenses, including the truth.
He said the lawyer had “shown a nasty arrogance and a sense of privilege.”
The judicial heart of the dispute started when Mr. Cosco moved into his $ 1.75 million home in 2013 and made changes to the property, including placing a tall fence separating the properties.
In the years that followed, both sides issued orders against violence against each other and previous quarrels brought them to justice.
Cosco previously pleaded guilty to malicious damage after spraying expanding foam into a vent that led to Mrs. Hutley’s property.
He claims to have warned Ms. Hutley that if she refused to move the vent, he would block it, and Judge Rothman said he had no reason not to believe Mr. Cosco.
Justice Rothman said he had absolutely no doubt about that [Mr Cosco]… has not bullied the defendant. ‘
“It was like this before [Ms Hutley] … and her family who bullied the plaintiff and the workers on the spot. “
Cosco (photo) started defamation against Hutley after accusing him of bullying and endangering her life on a 2016 episode of A Current Affair
The court believed the dispute began when Mr. Cosco moved into his $ 1.75 million home in 2013 and made changes to the property
On another occasion, the court heard Ms. Hutley say to Mr. Cosco “we’re going to toast you, we’re lawyers.”
Maurice Cornielje, a construction worker who has worked full-time for Mr. Cosco for about five years, but has known him for over twenty years, has testified in court.
He revealed that since day one, Hutley had verbally abused him and his colleagues in the workplace.
At one point she suggested that they “do not belong here, that we are foreigners.”
“Maybe we’re all a little bit brown, but I was born in Balmain, lived in Balmain all my life. I went abroad once, “said Mr. Cornielje.
In another incident, Mr. Cornielje accused Ms. Hutley of “acting like a bigot” to which she replied “you can’t even spell the word,” Judge Rothman told the court.
Ms. Hutley was ordered to pay damages of $ 300,000 plus approximately $ 60,000 in interest and legal fees.
Mr. Cosco chose not to sue A Current Affair for the broadcast.
Mr. Cosco wanted to place a high fence between the properties (photo), which Mrs. Hutley did not approve