Will claim a ‘bizarre’ imagining
A MAN, who claimed his semen had been stolen, left part of his estate to a woman he wrongly believed was his daughter, in one of the state’s more bizarre will cases.
A judge has effectively torn up the last will of Desmond Neil Chapman, who had delusions that his semen was stolen at gunpoint and used to impregnate a woman who gave birth to his daughter.
Chapman, who died at the age of 70 in Stanthorpe in 2015, left his estate to two nephews, five charities and the major share to the woman he believed was his daughter in his 2013 will.
But in the state’s
Supreme Court, it was revealed the woman was not his daughter and Mr Chapman, who had divorced, had no children. In 2013, Mr Chapman made his fourth will, telling a Stanthorpe solicitor a detailed tale about how he came to have a daughter. The solicitor noted some of Mr Chapman’s instructions under a heading “Bizarre circumstances surrounding children”.
Mr Chapman told the solicitor that in about 1972 he took a call from a man called Sandy Trout, whom he believed had become the head of a Queensland department. He said when he went to see Mr Trout at a house in the northern Brisbane suburb of McDowall, four people bailed him up and held machine guns to his head, Supreme Court documents reveal.
Mr Chapman told the solicitor Mr Trout then masturbated him and collected his semen. He was later driven away and dumped. He said he had seen women lined up on the front verandah of the house, “like cows waiting to be artificially inseminated”.
The solicitor said Mr Chapman said he later got a call from a married woman who said she was pregnant with his child, telling him: “Sandy Trout got me again”.
Mr Chapman said he believed he was the child’s father and saw her four or five times while she was growing up, but no longer knew how to contact her.
In a statutory declaration sworn this year, the solicitor said while he had been “somewhat incredulous” about the story, he was impressed with the detail and did not doubt Mr Chapman’s testamentary capacity. “As strange as the circumstances sounded, they appeared to be his clear and genuine memory of those circumstances. The circumstances ... seemed to be theoretically possible,” he said. It was only after Mr Chapman’s death and probate on his 2013 will was granted in 2015 that the executors questioned his capacity, after learning that he had suffered from long-term schizophrenia.
They read his will instructions, including the bizarre story told to the solicitor, and tracked down the woman named in the will as Mr Chapman’s daughter, finding he was not her father. The court heard his hospital medical records showed he had “longstanding, entrenched delusional beliefs”.
Barrister Richard Williams, on behalf of the executors, told Justice Anne Lyons that Mr Chapman’s previous will, made in 2003, left his estate only to various charities and did not mention a daughter.