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Elderly man loses big bucks after giving $100000 to a prostitute

May 26th, 2011 Australia

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The elderly widower gave the prostitute more than $100,000 to build a house. Picture: The Sunday Mail
Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)





AN ELDERLY widower who gave a Melbourne prostitute more than $100,000 to build a house has failed in a court bid to get her to repay the money.


The County Court heard Michele Nesci, 76, began weekly sessions with a prostitute Wanita Knell, 34, at his East Keilor home in July 2005.

Visits between the pair became more frequent and Mr Nesci showered Ms Knell with money and gifts.

In June 2009, he took out a reverse mortgage of $110,000 on his home after daily requests for help from Ms Knell.

In his case against her, he claimed the outstanding amount plus interest.

The court heard the relationship between the pair broke down about a month after the money was transferred to Ms Knell’s account.

In evidence, Mr Nesci said that he told Ms Knell the money was a loan and that she had promised to repay the money when she succeeded in a legal case she had pending against a police officer.

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Ms Knell claimed in her defence that the money was a gift and that Mr Nesci had only gone to police claiming extortion after his daughter found out the family home had been mortgaged.

In his judgement earlier this month, Judge Graham Anderson said he was not satisfied that Mr Nesci had produced enough evidence that he lent the money to Ms Knell in circumstances which required her to repay him.

He ordered Mr Nesci to pay Ms Knell legal costs.

For more on the elderly man who gave a Melbourne prostitute more than $100,000 to build a house go to the Herald Sun.