Strathfield MP splits with husband

STRATHFIELD MP Virginia Judge has announced the end of her long-standing marriage to Lidcombe GP Dr Ofo Niumeitolu.

The announcement, made first to the Scene, came after the strange on again, off again sale of the couple’s Strathfield family home and ended weeks of speculation by residents who had contacted reporters from the paper.

Judge and her husband issued a joint statement saying  “after a long period of separation, they are in the final stages of an amicable divorce.”

The statement added: “We remain friends and would like to ask the media to respect our family’s privacy during this process. Ours has been a long and productive partnership and we wish each other well in the future.”

The Minister assured the Scene she will continue to live and work in her electorate.

The Scene enquired about the listing of  the Strathfield house on the Richardson and Wrench website. It subsequently vanished from the site.

Earlier, residents told the Scene the house had been quietly put on the market with an asking price believed to be around $1.5 million.

It was widely listed, featuring on real estate websites, as a “charming Federation home”.

Judge, the NSW Arts and Fair Trading Minister, was understood to have moved out.

Dr Niumeitolu had told the Scene to call Judge and ask her about the sale, saying it was in the process of being taken off the market.

“We are changing our minds” he said.

Inspections for the property were by appointment only and the price  on application.

The house was being marketed only on the Internet without its address showing and there was no For Sale sign outside the bungalow.

Judge was elected to Strathfield Council in 1995 and became Mayor in 2000, before she was elected to the NSW Parliament.

Land Title documents show that the home is jointly owned by a Dianne Virginia Niumeitolu and Ofo Niumeitolu, with a mortgage to the Westpac Banking Corporation.

It is understood there was some interest in the property but no formal offers had been made.


Comments

I thought that the reporting of divorces died out with the demise of that scurrilous Norton rag "The Truth".

It is disgusting that this should be printed in a newspaper representing Strathfield Council.

The story we wrote concerned the fact that our local MP's house was being advertised for sale. Her office sent us the explanation, intending it for publication. Editor, Strathfield Scene.

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