- Max Walker proposed to Rebecca Vowles during a yacht race in 2009
- Three years later relationship hit the rocks and series of civil cases ensued
- Mr Walker claimed in court his car was damaged by ex-fiancée’s brother
- Matthew Vowles acquitted of criminal damage and using threatening words
An acrimonious break up between a millionaire businessman and his former-fiancée has culminated in a bitter court battle.
Max Walker alleged he was threatened by his ex-fiancées brother, Matthew Vowles, who he claimed took a hammer to his £5,000 Mercedes car.
Mr Walker filmed footage of the confrontation as he was parked in front of his former £2million house in Poole, Dorset, when Mr Vowles came out of the property ‘shouting and being aggressive’.
This follows a string of clashes in the civil courts between Mr Walker, 52, and his Rebecca Vowles, 44, who split in 2012 after a fairytale romance.
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Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court was shown video footage filmed by Max Walker, showing his former fiancee’s brother
In happier times: Max Walker and Rebecca Vowles – tut the relationship hit the rocks in 2012 and the break-up kick-started a string of civil court cases
Max Walker (left) claimed he was threatened by his ex partner’s brother, Matthew Vowles, (right), alleging he took a hammer to his luxury car
In court Mr Walker, claimed he felt ‘intimidated’ and dialled 999 following the incident on August 6 last year.
Mr Walker had been visiting his former family home in Poole to pick up some yacht sails and alleged Matthew Vowles, 46, went to his van and returned with a hammer which he used to ‘try to smash the passenger window and scratch the paintwork of his Mercedes S500’.
Mr Vowles was charged with criminal damage and using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress for the incident on August 6 but pleaded not guilty and was acquitted at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.