The Appeal Court heard that since the ruling he “had not paid a penny” despite, since their divorce in 2001 after 17 years of marriage, leading a lavish lifestyle.
The judge in the initial case, Mr Justice Mostyn, ruled that payment should be made to Mrs Hope, who was recovering from breast cancer after the separation and who remarried in 2003, but that it should be capped because it had taken her so long to lodge a claim.
He said that whilst Mrs Hope was looking after the couple’s 15-year-old daughter, the split left her bankrupt, penniless and relying on her current husband for money.
In contrast, he said, Krejci “continued to lead an international lifestyle, developing properties and spending much of his time sailing. All of this was conducted behind the veil of the trust”.
Timothy Becker, for Mr Krejci, sais that Mrs Hope’s claim was an “entirely random excercise,” and that she deserved no more than £93,500.
The judge’s assessment that he had “walked away”, leaving his wife destitute, was unfair, he said, claiming that Krejci had not paid yet any maintenance because the case was going to appeal.
But Lord Justice Thorpe, the appeal judge, said he had “no reason to shift” from Mr Justice Mostyn’s ruling.