Businessman and his mother are BOTH given suspended jail terms after judge heard they ‘stuck two fingers up to the court’ by ignoring rulings in long-running money row with man’s ex-wife

  • Businessman Richard Rothschild was previously ordered to pay his ex-wife Charmaine De Sousa a lump sum of £225,000 
  • Judges also made orders over a penthouse in Miami Beach, Florida, and properties in England
  • Ms De Sousa told the court she has debts of around £800,000 and is facing financial ruin, while her ex-husband and his mother ‘stuck two fingers up’
  • Mr Justice Peel concluded that Mr Rothschild had ‘routinely’ ignored or disobeyed court orders after separating from his ex-wife
  • He was today handed an 84-day suspended sentence and his mother Wanda, 77, received a 28-day suspended term

A businessman embroiled in a long-running fight over money with his ex-wife has been given a suspended jail sentence by a High Court judge.

Mr Justice Peel has handed Richard Rothschild an 84-day suspended prison sentence after ex-wife Charmaine De Souza complained that he had breached orders made by judges during their legal fight and was in contempt of court.

The judge also handed a 28-day suspended prison sentence to Mr Rothschild’s 77-year-old mother, Wanda Radziszewska.


Richard Rothschild (right) has received an 84-day suspended sentence after ex-wife Charmaine De Souza complained he had breached orders made by judges

He had considered Ms De Souza’s complaints at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Monday and concluded that both Mr Rothschild and his mother had breached orders made by judges and were in contempt.

Lawyers representing Ms De Souza, who says she has debts of around £800,000 and has been left on the brink of financial ruin, complained to the judge that Mr Rothschild and his mother had ‘stuck two fingers up’.

A barrister leading her legal team had outlined complaints.

‘At the heart of these applications is the deliberate and wilful breaches of orders of this court by both Richard Rothschild and his mother Wanda,’ Charles Hale QC told the judge in a written case outline. 

‘Despite order after order, and hearing after hearing, they have both set out (and in concert) to defeat the wife and ignore this court’s orders, despite judicial protestation and intervention. 

‘Their actions are egregious in the extreme – or to put it more colloquially, (they) have stuck two fingers up to the wife, this court and all of its judgment.’

Mr Rothschild, who said the litigation had left him in a ‘minus £1.4 million situation’, disputed allegations made against him but was found to have committed six breaches.

His mother accepted two breaches – relating to a document she had not signed.

The couple, who are both in their 40s and have children, had run a mobile telephone business when married.

Judges also made orders over this penthouse in Miami Beach owned by Mr Rothschild

Rochard Rothschild was pictured recently with Playboy model Sherra Michelle

 Mr Rothschild had been ordered to pay his ex-wife a lump sum of £225,000 – and had failed in an appeal.

Judges had also made orders relating to a penthouse in Miami Beach, Florida, and properties in England.

Lawyers representing Ms De Souza said the lump sum had not been paid and Mr Rothschild also owed more than £150,000 in unpaid legal bills.

Mr Justice Peel concluded that Mr Rothschild had ‘routinely’ ignored or disobeyed orders.

The judge said he had found Ms De Souza to be truthful.

But he said Mr Rothschild was not a ‘reliable or satisfactory’ witness.

‘The course of action embarked upon by the husband obstructed and thwarted the wife at every turn,’ said Mr Justice Peel.

‘It seems to be there is something of a scorched earth policy.’

Mr Rothschild said he had recently come into money and indicated that he would be able to pay money owed.

‘I would have paid the £225,000 if I could, but there was no opportunity,’ he said.

‘The court has put me into a minus £1.4 million situation.’

His mother, who had failed to validly execute a power of attorney relating to a property, said she would also try to ensure Ms De Souza got what was due.

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