An Irish bank has failed in an international search to track down Ian Botham’s daughter-in-law — Lisa Harrison-Botham — so it can serve her with court proceedings to repossess a house she shared with her former boyfriend, Mark Kershaw.
Neither Lisa Harrison, as named in the proceedings issued by Ulster Bank Ireland Limited, nor her former partner were in the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin when their names were called to answer the bank’s litigation yesterday.
Barrister John Donnelly, counsel for the bank, asked Judge Jacqueline Linnane for leave to serve the proceedings at the Northern Ireland address of glamour magazine IN which, he said, was edited by Ms Harrison.
The bank is attempting to take back 22 Belfry Square, Citywest, Dublin, for which Ms Harrison, 35, and Mr Kershaw had been granted a mortgage which has fallen into “serious repayment arrears”.
Mr Donnelly, who appeared with solicitors Hugh J Ward and Company, said a civil bill for possession was sent to both defendants by registered post at Belfry Square but had been returned uncalled for.
Dara O’Loghlin, a solicitor at Hugh J Ward, stated in an affidavit that a summons server was told the house was let out to tenants.
Afterwards she directed a Hibernia Legal International Limited agent to carry out a trace on Mr Kershaw and Ms Harrison and, in 2013, he discovered the couple had not lived at Belfry Square since before 2008.
Mr O’Loghlin said in her 2013 affidavit that the defendants were no longer in a relationship and Mr Kershaw lived at another address.
She said that through a detailed search, Hibernian Legal International found out that Ms Harrison was the owner and publisher of IN magazine, Church View, Holywood, Co Down, and was married to Ian Botham’s son, Liam Botham, 38, and living with her husband in London.
Mr O’Loghlin said the search for Mr Kershaw had been exhausted without turning up a current residential address for him.
She had then told Hibernian Legal International to extend their search to Britain in a bid to locate Ms Harrison through her married name, Lisa Harrison-Botham, but no specific address for her was known.
Mr O’Loghlin said tracing agents identified a Facebook profile for “Lisa Harrison Botham” which had been updated on March 25, 2016.
She now sought to have her served via email to her Facebook profile and also for a court direction to affix the summons for both defendants to the door of Belfry Square and, in Ms Harrison’s case, to her Co Down office.
Mr Donnelly told the court that a tenant at Belfry Square had said his landlord was a man called “Mark”. The court heard earlier that rent for the property was not being passed on to the bank.
Judge Linnane adjourned the application for substituted service of the proceedings on both defendants but allowed the bank to renew its Civil Bill, service of which could be dealt with later.
Ms Harrison married Liam Botham on the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2013.
She gave birth to their first child in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital in July 2015.
Liam Botham is a former county cricketer for Hampshire and has been a professional in both rugby union and rugby league codes.
Ian Botham is a former England cricket captain and star and internationally known cricket commentator.
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