Exclusive by Kathryn Richardson
A RETIRED expat couple who had their home demolished have received “a ridiculous” €30,000 from the Ministry of Justice.
Helen and Len Prior’s luxury villa in Vera was ripped down by the Junta in January 2008 after their building licence was revoked.
A court has now ruled that the original application, granted without their knowledge in 2004, was illegal.
The Priors only learnt about the plans to bulldoze their home in May 2006.
Their villa, one of around 100 on the site, was the only one to be demolished.
Mrs Prior told The Olive Press: “The whole thing is ridiculous. It’s a horror story and just stupid because all of our neighbours were saved but us.”
The couple has been forced to live in a converted garage without electricity or running water.
Talking about the damages, she added: “That’s not justice. We aren’t happy about the insulting €30,000 offer but we are happy that it has been proved it was an illegal order.”
She insisted that, after all the trauma, she should be paid €5m in damages.
The couple’s main claim against Vera Council, for €690,000, is still ongoing.
Despite their living conditions, and losing all trust in Spain’s justice system, she said they did not want to return to the UK.