26 January 2017
TYCOON Simon George Wilburn Rudlandand his wife are embroiled in a nasty divorce settlement at the High Court.
The divorce looks set to expose his infidelity and underhand business dealings.
Leigh-Ann Patricia Rudland has filed for a divorce with Rudland saying their relationship had irretrievably broken down to the extent that there is no reasonable possibility of restoration.
In her divorce papers under case No.HC10256/14, Leigh-Ann claimed that Rudland subjected her to physical and mental cruelty.
The matter is still pending at the High Court.
“Plaintiff and Defendant were married to each other out of community of the property and in according to the matrimonial laws of Zimbabwe at Harare on 3rd September 1992 and this marriage subsists.
“The marriage relationship of the Plaintiff and Defendant has irretrievably broken down to the extent that there is no reasonable possibility of the restoration between them of a normal marriage relationship,” she said.
In her divorce papers filed, Leigh-Ann said Rudland had committed adultery and has subjected Plaintiff to physical and mental cruelty.
She also said that Rudland deserted their former matrimonial home and refused to resume cohabitation with her.
“The defendant has committed adultery and presently persist therein.
“Defendant has subjected the Plaintiff to physical and mental cruelty.
“Defendant has deserted the former matrimonial home and refuses to resume cohabitation with Plaintiff.
“Defendant has engaged in illegal business activities,” she said.
Leigh-Ann also said that she wanted the custody of their minor child and US$5 000 every month for the child’s upkeep.
She also demanded that Rudland pay her US$10 000 per month towards her personal maintenance plus another US$10 000 per month for maintaining their former matrimonial home.
Leigh-Ann also demanded for the equal sharing of their assets located in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
“It is equitable, practicable and just that Defendant contribute to the post-divorce maintenance of Plaintiff until her death or remarriage (save in respect of any period that she is living in cohabitation as if married) payment to plaintiff of the sum of US$10 000 per month by way of general personal maintenance.
“And payment to Plaintiff of the sum of US$10 000 per month towards the costs of maintaining the former matrimonial home,” reads part of her divorce papers.
In his papers filed in February last year by his lawyers Atherton &Cook Legal Practitioners, Rudland, admitted that his marriage relationship with Leigh-Ann had gone beyond restoration.
He admitted to have once head-butted his wife and assaulted their daughter but denied being responsible for their marriage’s breakdown.
“Defendant admits that the marriages relationship between the parties has irretrievably broken down to the extent that there is no reasonable possibility of the restoration between them of a normal marriage relationship more particularly in that the parties have not lived together as husband and wife for a period in excess of thirty months and that defendant has since formed a relationship with another woman.
“Save as aforesaid Defendant denies that the causes of such breakdown are as stipulated in Plaintiff’s Declaration and in particular defendant.
“Save for one occasion approximately five years ago when he moderately head-butted plaintiff after being severely provoked by her and in order to defend himself from physical attack by her on himself, denies that he has subjected plaintiff to physical and mental cruelty,” he said.
Rudland also denies that he deserted their former matrimonial home saying he was ordered to pack his bags and leave the place when he returned from a business trip in South Africa.
In his papers, Rudland also denies refusing paternity for his child.
Rudland said that he was not legally obliged to contribute to Leigh-Ann’s post-divorce maintenance.