Couple claiming Taoiseach was trying to kill them have £1.6m Belfast lawsuit axed
A couple who made unfounded claims that the Taoiseach and other senior Irish officials were trying to murder them are to have a £1.6m lawsuit struck out, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.
Zeus Mitchell and her husband Daniel Osula arrived in Northern Ireland alleging Leo Varadkar, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Chief State Solicitor and judges in Dublin wanted them killed to conceal "a very serious crime".
They sued a Housing Executive representative and a service within a Health and Social Care Trust over how their baseless claims were dealt with.
But Master Bell, sitting at the High Court, granted applications by both defendants to have the actions against them dismissed for being frivolous and hopeless.
He said: "To allow this action to proceed would represent a waste of public money and delay the cases of other litigants whose cases deserve court time."
A newly published judgment sets out how Ms Mitchell and a son declared themselves homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in February 2017.
She claimed the Taoiseach had instructed other government officials to murder her family in the Republic of Ireland, Master Bell noted.
Within a few days temporary accommodation had been allocated to Ms Mitchell and her children.
Mr Osula then came to Belfast, met with Housing Executive officers and reiterated the allegations about Mr Varadkar, the Director of Public Prosecutions and other senior judicial figures.
The plaintiffs claimed the authority refused to fund their emergency accommodation and insisted their family must be returned to the Republic.
In March 2017, according to their case, a social worker from Gateway Social Services - part of the trust being sued - visited their home to compile a report on the family.
The husband and wife alleged both plaintiffs purposefully excluded their claim from the report to protect the names of the Irish Government officials they contended were involved in an attempt to murder a British family in the Republic of Ireland, the court heard.
It was claimed that the report amounted to an attempt to undermine their British citizenship.
Seeking a combined sum of £1.6m in damages from the two defendants, the couple listed a series of perceived torts, including illegal extradition, fraud, defamation and violation of their human rights.
Part of their writ involved a claim of being falsely imprisoned at an address in west Belfast because they were the only British citizens living in the area. They also sought the resignation from public office of all defendants named in the proceedings.
Both defendants applied to have the case struck out for having no reasonable cause of action. Granting the legal bid, Master Bell ruled the claims must be struck out on the basis of being futile or misconceived.