UK Plumber's Pipe Dream for Bulgarian Justice?

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UK Plumber’s Pipe Dream for Bulgarian Justice?: UK Plumber's Pipe Dream for Bulgarian Justice? In Borislavov’s request to the court he states that he will accept Duncan’s villa (above) as compensation rather than the BGN 500 000 that he is allegedly owed. Private Photo

Duncan Banbury, from St Albans near the UK capital London, came to Bulgaria with his partner in 2004, with plans for the future and fond memories of a long and well appreciated career as an expert plumber and heating engineer.

They picked Bulgaria as a place to relax and for healthy living with the long hot summers in a villa in the village of Bliznatsi near the Black Sea capital Varna. However, things didn’t quite work out as planned as Banbury eventually found himself going from court room to court room and from mafia threats to being on the verge of losing his BGN 500 000 dream home.

Banbury comes from a strong family background in the UK, with his mother one of the first police women in the UK and his father a metropolitan policeman and heavy-weight police boxing champion.

The highlight of his own career as a top-class plumber was being noted as one of the most-trustworthy plumbers in the UK after an investigation by the once popular That's Life! - a magazine-style television series on BBC One between 1973 and 1994, presented by Esther Rantzen.

Banbury first came to the Bulgarian public’s attention as a founder of the Foreigners Association in Bulgaria, which campaigned for justice in the case of UK expat Bryan Talbot who won a property fraud trial in Bulgaria in December 2009 that drew the attention of Vice President of the EC, Jacques Barrot, and the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband. (This case has now been appealed in the Supreme High Court.)

This is when Banbury first informed Novinite.com of his own personal Bulgarian tragedy that “seems to have lasted forever”.

His problems allegedly started with his first builder who was renovating his villa and who Banbury accused of emptying money from his bank account and stealing after being given power of attorney. The case against his builder was thrown out due to lack of evidence, with Banbury also accusing his ex-lawyer of double dealing in the case.

The case ended, Banbury went back to his normal daily routine, and after a short time he decided with English friends to concentrate on starting a small rent-a-car business in early 2007, with 7 cars and a mini-bus, which he bought in 2007. Sadly, rather than leading to the planned quiet money-making scheme the business never started and led to a court case that is set to ruin his life.

After never being able to start up the rent-a-car business due to two of his cars “going missing” and his Mercedes mini-bus being stolen after an argument with neighbors, Banbury was informed that unbeknown to him a civil case had started accusing him of not paying back a BGN 500 000 loan to a man he says he has never met. The case was started without him knowing after his ex-lawyer allegedly failed to change his mailing address, it was later frozen.

After Banbury was informed of the case he found out that the man accusing him, Zdravko Borislavov, had produced a promissory note to the civil court.

Borislavov later claimed to the police that in late 2007 he had given BGN 500 000 to Banbury in a plastic bag at a meeting in the Golden Sands resort, money which Borislavov stated was never returned.

Banbury refuted these claims saying he had never met Borislavov and that his signature was a forgery.

During the long criminal investigation initiated by Ban from 2008-2009 it became clear that after 3 hand-writing tests that Banbury’s signature could have been forged.

However, the police failed to investigate who had done the possible forgery and threw out the criminal case.

Meanwhile, along with the police, Banbury contacted the Bulgarian tax office who made a full means test into Borislavov allegedly showing that he had made less than BGN 200 000 in his entire life and had no reported income from 2004-2008 as he was living on a disability benefit.

Banbury alleges that Borislavov is a front man for the local mafia, who are friends with the builder who he earlier took to court, and claims to have received threats along those lines. His lawyer, Nikolay Tachev, also questioned why the police did not fully investigate the case and blamed them for causing Duncan extra problems.

Borislavov in turn alleges that whatever Banbury reported to Novinite.com is not true. He stated that he claims the exact opposite and that he may well turn out to be the victim. He added that he is leaving everything in the hands of the lawyers and the courts who will rule on the case. Borislavov also said that he is currently very ill.

After the criminal case Banbury took a short sigh of relief before being thrown back into the courts after it was announced that Borislavov had re-started the civil case against him, accusing him of the same charges.

In Borislavov’s request to the court he states that he will accept Duncan’s villa as compensation rather than the BGN 500 000 that he is allegedly owed. Borislavov had also come up with another BGN 20 000 from seemingly thin air to pay the new court taxes.

Due to some evidence from the criminal case not being allowed to be used in the civil case Banbury now faces a trial on March 4 that is set to decide whether his life will be devastated and his dream house confiscated from him after a three-year battle that has taken him to the edge.

Banbury summarized his situation in one final call for Bulgarian justice; “Bad people pick on me, while I try to help others.”

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#120
DUNCAN BANBURY - 17 Jun 2015 // 19:04:56

AFTER MANY YEARS OF PROBLEMS IN BULGARIA WERE NOT ONLY BY BULGARIAN BUT BRITISH AGANST BRITISH
AND NOW THW GOVERNMENT HAS CLEANED UP THESE PROBLEMS
IT IS A BUTIFUL; COUNTRY AND NOW IS THE TIME FOR PEOPLE TO INVEST HOUSES ARE AT AN AFORDABLE PRICE FOR ALL
THERE ARE AROUND SEVEN MILLON PEOPLE HERE SO THERE IS LOTS OF LAND.
HOUSE RATES CONPERED WITH UK PRICES ARE SO LOW IT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE.
IT IS SO MUCH EASYAR TO BUY.
THE BULGARIAN PEOPLE ARE SO FRENDLY
AND PEOPLE HAVE FREEDOM HERE
CHILDREN CANN WALK SAFTLY
OLD PEOPLE CAN WALK SAFTLY
A LOT OF PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT HOSPITALS THEY ARE GOOD HERE AND
DENTATRY IS ALSO VERY GOOD
EYE SEGARY IS SECON TO NONE
IF YOU LIVE WAY OUT IN THE COUNTRY WE HAVE AIR AMBULANCES
INPLANTS ARE CHEEP
FULL BODY SCANS ARE CHEEP
THE SCHOOLS ARE GOOD
COST OF LIVING IS LOW
THE FOOD IS NATURAL
THE AIR AND NATURE IS WONDERFULL

#119
duncan banbury - 21 Dec 2014 // 16:51:35

I wish to thank the small band of people that stood by me at all my court cases especially to V.G. You are a wonderful person love to you all from Duncan

#118
Duncn banbury - 21 Dec 2014 // 16:36:41

One of the hand writing experts in the police crime case said the note was fake yet in the civil case he stated that he made a mistake and it was Mr. Duncan Banbury signature The Expert was retiring the next day from this profession.
In the end the judge ruled that even though Mr. Zdravko Borislavov, had produced a promissory note to the civil court. It could not be proven who made up the note so Mr. Zdravko Borislavov was not guilty or Mr. Duncan Banbury and the case was over
It was also stated that Mr Zdrvko Borislavov could go if he wished to the high court’s in Sofia yet this never happened .


I am still dumfounded at the out come after five years of hell and the cost and my health I am still sick that this case was ever allowed to happen and the loss of my vintage motor bike collection that I had to be sold to pay lawyers I miss my bikes so much.
Several months after the case I went blind my returnees came away but thank God that My eye sight was restored after Operations the stress of the case has cut my sole It was a bad dream yet it cost me every thing I dream one day to Ride a Vintage bike again but sadly my finances have all gone.

#117
faib - 11 May 2012 // 17:17:53

Just to inform those that followed this item, this case has still not been resolved.

#116
faib - 31 Oct 2010 // 13:52:54

Just to update those of you that are still interested in this matter.
The good news is that Duncan has been cleared of having to pay the fraudulent claim made upon him. The Judge has found in his favour.

It's been 3 years of absolute hell for him, he has had to spend thousands of lev out in legal fees to so called lawyers that did very little to help his cause. He has asked for receipts from lawyers so that he can submit them to the Court to be re-imbursed for his expenses throughout this case. There has been only one lawyer that has given a receipt for money paid. So it would seem that those that have taken money have not officially declared it and put it straight into their pockets. (Tax evasion)

To make matters worse he has been instructed by the Court to pay the perpretrator a sum of 800 lev because he or his lawyer stated that the perpretrator was a CRIMINAL. How about that for Bulgarian Justice.

He is now waiting to hear if these crims are lodging an appeal against the judgment. If they do appeal they will have to pay the sum of 10.000 euros into court to start the appeal hearing. There are only a few days left for them to do this.

Hopefully Duncan will be able to get the CHARGES placed on his land and property removed in a few days time and start to live his life in peace....

#115
jesila - 14 Apr 2010 // 10:43:16

when i know this i really afraid when i read this. Today crime is increase about fraud the

people. so be care about this. Whenever you go, people can take the advantages of this.

Bulgarian is a crapped country to crapped every people.


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#114
faib - 12 Apr 2010 // 12:12:47

Do any of the contributors to this thread know the full story behind this initial feature ??? If you do let's hear what you have to say.....,.

#113
NellieotAmerica - 11 Apr 2010 // 22:02:18

Fisted Pillock

" I know that this is your way to beg for my attention, LOL."

LOL indeed! As if!

Clearly you are not proud of your Bulgarian "connections" otherwise you would be raving and boasting about them. This only means one thing-communist -MUTRI! Turkish Germans are quite adept at paying bribes to Bulgarian government gangsters, nothing surprising there.

#112
DrFaust - 11 Apr 2010 // 15:04:50

"Which one are you Fistula? An old communist vermin or a mutra swindler? You insolent, smug piece of garbage! Bulgarians hate people like you, regardless of how well-connected or arrogant you may be!"

I know that this is your way to beg for my attention, LOL.

#111
Al - 10 Apr 2010 // 16:45:09

Nellie, you wrote: "Why are you rolling on the floor?"

Because you made me laugh.

Sometimes, you have a bright moment and your tongue gets so sharp, that I think even the Pope deserves a BJ from you.

hehe

#110
NellieotAmerica - 9 Apr 2010 // 23:06:38

Al

Why are you rolling on the floor?

#109
Al - 9 Apr 2010 // 19:43:20

Nellie, you wrote to DrFaust: "

Everyone knows what "well-connected" means in Bulgaria:

A. your wife is a communist kopele and her family are old communist vermin.
B. Your wife is a mutrachka (rimes with prostachka) and her family are
mutri crooks and swindlers.
C. Your wife is first cousin of Azis the gypsy.
D. You, your wife or both are ethnic Turkish vermin."

A and B make sense.

But I don't think DrFaust is blessed with such kind of connections, as I am.

ROFL

#108
NellieotAmerica - 9 Apr 2010 // 17:49:04

" I wouldn't call it like that, I am just well-connected."

RONFLMAO!!!!!

Everyone knows what "well-connected" means in Bulgaria:

A. your wife is a communist kopele and her family are old communist vermin.
B. Your wife is a mutrachka (rimes with prostachka) and her family are
mutri crooks and swindlers.
C. Your wife is first cousin of Azis the gypsy.
D. You, your wife or both are ethnic Turkish vermin.

Which one are you Fistula? An old communist vermin or a mutra swindler? You insolent, smug piece of garbage! Bulgarians hate people like you, regardless of how well-connected or arrogant you may be!

#107
Al - 9 Apr 2010 // 16:41:44

DrFaust, you wrote: "I wouldn't call it like that, I am just well-connected."

That was a good one.

Actually, "getting connected" is probably the best advise to give any foreigner wanting to do business in Bulgaria.

And by that, I mean at all levels starting from e.g. the desk clerk at the local municipality.

Personally, I've learned a lot by observing the approach of my Bulgarian wife. I always thought, she was talking too much. But now, I've got the point.

#106
DrFaust - 9 Apr 2010 // 16:18:26

Al,

"Seems like you are working from, or have yourself established, a power base."

I wouldn't call it like that, I am just well-connected.

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