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Property Here - Sunday, November 03, 2013

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Sister told to get out of mother's home

Siblings are squabbling over this property in Port Melbourne. Picture: Norm Oorloff

A MAN fighting to have his sister booted out of their dead mother's million-dollar Port Melbourne property says she has demanded $100,000 to end the sibling stand-off.

Scott Rigby has launched Supreme Court action to have his sister, Ann Dickson Rigby, removed from their late mother's home that he says she has been squatting in for more than 12 months.

In documents filed with the court Mr Rigby, the executor of his mother Beryl's estate, said after she died in May last year he had hoped to sell the home and split the proceeds with his only sibling.

But he claims the home, with an estimated value of $800,000 to $1 million, has been trashed by his sister, her boyfriend, and other "squatters'' who have moved in.

Mr Rigby alleges his sister broke into the home while he was on holiday last year and has refused to leave. He alleges his sister has barricaded herself inside and has refused to let real estate agents visit.

Court documents allege Ms Rigby demanded $5000 to move out, but refused to budge after cashing a cheque for the sum. She has since allegedly demanded separate amounts of $10,000, $20,000 and $100,000, it is claimed.

Mr Rigby said on one visit to the home he saw his sister's partner walking around in their late father's clothes.

He also alleges he has been subjected to threats and abuse by his sister.

He claims he was so shocked after seeing the state of the property after learning his sister had moved in that he phoned 000.

"I found family photos smashed and thrown into a corner. Photographs of myself as a baby had been ripped from their frames and removed," he said in an affidavit filed with the court.

"The contents of my mother's handbag had been emptied on to the carpet. Photographs of my mother from the family photo album had been removed and torn into pieces.''

Mr Rigby said on one visit there were mattresses on the front lawn, wardrobe doors pulled off and the lawn in the back yard had been scorched.

Mr Rigby, who claims police have told him they are powerless to act, wants the Supreme Court to issue urgent orders to force his sister to move on.

The matter is expected to be heard in court on November 18. Ms Rigby could not be contacted for comment.