Northern Ireland

Damages for Italian holiday homes victims

Lady Justice Old Bailey

Three NI families who bought holiday homes that were never built, have been awarded damages against an Italian lawyer.

Gabriele Giambrone's firm was contracted to do the conveyancing work on the sale of apartments in Calabria in southern Italy.

The families paid deposits five years ago, but then discovered that the land where the apartments were to be built was earmarked for agriculture.

Mr Giambrone settled the case at the High Court in Belfast on Friday.

Sharon and George Moore won £77,105, Robert Crawford won £64,137, and Joseph and Patricia Plant won £75,600.

Another 12 people from Northern Ireland who bought property in the same development in Calabria are also suing Mr Giambrone.

The lawyer is also facing legal action from another 50 families from Northern Ireland who were sold holiday homes elsewhere in Italy.