Kalymnian Brotherhood of Darwin in turmoil over caretaker dispute

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The Kalymnian Brotherhood of Darwin is in turmoil due to legal disputes between its caretakers and president. The matters have been taken to the Darwin Local court.

Northern Territory News revealed that the Brotherhood seeks to evict its caretakers, Maria and Michael Dounias, and holds them responsible for damages, highlighting negligence in their duties. 

The club has also begun the process to have the pair declared as trespassers.

On the other hand, Mrs Dounias is further seeking a personal violence restraint order against the club’s president Themis Magoulias, alleging Ms Magoulias had made disparaging remarks against her and her husband on Facebook, and cut their water and power. 

On Tuesday, April 9, both Mrs Dounias and Ms Magoulias attended court in Darwin.

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The son of Maria and Michael Dounias said the renovations undergone in the caretaker’s cottage needs to be reimbursed for. Photo: Supplied

Elizabeth McAuley, the lawyer representing Ms Magoulias, criticised the lack of specific allegations in Mrs Dounias’ initial pleading.

“Our concern [is] that at this stage the allegations within the affidavit primarily relate to actions our client took as president, as opposed to issues of personal violence,” Ms McAuley said.

Michael Halkitis, who is representing Mrs Dounias, explained to the court that the lack of specific allegations stemmed from a language barrier as Mrs Dounias speaks little English and a key witness being in Greece. 

He noted the ongoing issues between the parties, including social media posts. 

The hearing was then scheduled for a full day on October 18. 

Mrs Dounias’ son, Dimitris, who spoke on her behalf, expressed the significant stress caused by the situation, stating they had sought mental health assistance. 

He further mentioned their willingness to vacate the property, but emphasised the need for compensation for the renovations they undertook. 

Ms Magoulias, who spoke via her lawyer, expressed her determination to “vigorously contest” all accusations.

Source: Northern Territory News.

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