Former Cupar antiques dealer faces court action

Bill Jones
Bill Jones

Sheriff’s officers have been told to serve court papers on a former Cupar antiques dealer who’s being sued by an angry customer.

Buckhaven man Bill Jones (62) has taken out a civil action against Kenneth Robb, of Kingdom Antiques, who he says owes him almost £1700.

Mr Jones says he left items belonging to his late parents for Mr Robb to sell in his Bonnygate shop back in 2007.

He’s also seeking to recover expenses incurred in court fees and other costs.

A new date has now been set for the hearing after a court blunder that resulted in Mr Jones lodging a formal complaint with the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland.

Mr Robb has been summoned to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on August 26 and if he does not respond it is understood that Mr Jones will have won the case.

Mr Jones says that he has already been told twice that he had won because Mr Robb failed to defend the action - but it then emerged that the original summons had been inadvertently sent to the wrong man.

The case was continued twice but when it called again on August 5 Mr Jones was five minutes late because he was stuck in traffic.

Mr Robb hadn’t shown up either, so Mr Jones was told the case was dismissed.

However, the following day he was contacted by court staff, who said that a minute of recall had been granted and that the case would be heard after all.

Mr Jones reckons he’s some £2000 out of pocket, including the £1691 he says that his parents’ valuables are worth.

He also had to fork out £93 to pay for Sheriff’s officers to serve Mr Robb with papers at his home in Cupar, but this time he has been told the court service will bear the cost.

Said Mr Jones: “It has been a long drawn-out saga but there’s no way I’m going to drop this case. I am pleased that it’s finally going ahead on August 26 and hope that justice will be done.”