They paved paradise…

An Irish man has been awarded compensation after his home disappeared under a car park.

BBC News UK reported recently that Neville Presho, a film-maker who had purchased the 150-year-old house overlooking a harbour on Tory Island before moving to New Zealand, returned to find no trace of the six-bedroom home. Where the home had previously been, however, lay a car park and a septic tank for a neighbouring hotel.

The court heard that an unexplained fire had damaged Mr Presho’s home a year prior to his return, and over the following months the rubble was cleared and the new developments made. The judge ruled the hotel’s owner should pay the damages and also be liable for costs, entitling Mr Presho to a new house or its equivalent market value.