A woman being pursued by her ex-partner, in an acrimonious property dispute, claimed she had destroyed £90,000 she owed him on a barbecue.
Diane Fisher said during bankruptcy proceedings that she had been drunk when she threw the cash on the fire, Birmingham Crown Court heard yesterday.
Fisher (39) of Shrubbery Close, Sutton Coldfield, has denied a charge of concealment of property under the Insolvency Act.
Nicholas Smith, prosecuting, said Fisher and her then husband bought a home in Westwood Road, Streetly, for about £35,000 in 1986, but they divorced and she had bought her ex-husband's share of the property in 1990 for £17,000.
Mr Smith said Fisher then began a relationship with Paul Clark. It ended in 1998, after which, he launched legal proceedings to receive a share of the property.
He told the court that in January 2002, Mr Clark obtained a county court judgment for 40 per cent interest in the property.
He said Fisher then took out a loan of £92,353 with the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society which was secured on the property and paid into a bank account in August 2002.
By the following January, Mr Clark still had not seen any of his share in the money and applied to the county court for a freezing order on the defendant's assets, said Mr Smith. As a result, Fisher petitioned for bankruptcy and was interviewed by the Official Receiver.
Fisher said £2,000 had been spent on day-to-day living expenses while the rest had been "destroyed," said Mr Smith. Inquiries revealed, he said, that some of the money had been transferred to other accounts while the rest had been taken out in cash within the space of five days.
Mr Smith said when Fisher was later interviewed by an investigator from the Department for Trade and Industry, she said she intended to pay Mr Clark what she owed him in cash.
The trial continues.