Out­bid by Dad for $6m home where Mum died

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - STEPHEN NI­CHOLLS

A FA­THER and son be­came op­po­nents in a $6 mil­lion bid­ding war yes­ter­day over the house where their wife and mother was found dead in a pool of blood in 2012.

Gio­vanni “John” Angius has been in­volved in a bit­ter le­gal dis­pute with his son Robert over a $40 mil­lion for­tune ever since his wife Laura Angius was found dead at the foot of a stair­case.

The pair went head-to-head over the four-bed­room for­mer fam­ily home in South Coogee, which sold for $2 mil­lion above re­serve.

Robert Angius made the open­ing bid of $4.6 mil­lion via an agent. But it was John who ran out win­ner, beating his son and an­other would-be buyer.

As the auc­tion ended, a vic­to­ri­ous Mr Angius Snr shouted to the stunned crowd: “Some­one un­der­stand me — my wife never wanted to sell this house. She never wanted to die here.”

Ray White agents Au­gusto Ge­ro­carni and Ran­dall Kemp said they were stunned Mr Angius Snr had turned up.

Mr Ge­ro­carni said: “I’ve never seen him be­fore. He wasn’t at any of the opens.”

The fam­ily dis­pute be­gan af­ter John and Laura Angius sep­a­rated in 2010. Robert sided with his mother while his sis­ter Jenny aligned with her fa­ther.

Mr Angius found his 79-yearold wife’s body in Jan­uary 2012 and a sub­se­quent in­quest de­liv­ered an open find­ing.

The day af­ter Mrs Angius was found, Robert re­mem­bered his mother had writ­ten a new will in an ex­er­cise book, leav­ing him the fam­ily for­tune which had been at­tained through a se­ries of prop­erty deals.

Po­lice had cor­doned off the prop­erty, but Robert climbed a tree and en­tered the house, re­triev­ing the will tucked be­tween two books in the garage, where his mother told him he would find it.

It’s the le­gal­ity of the un­signed will that has been the sub­ject of on­go­ing court cases.

The house, at 2 Den­ning St, was sold through a pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tor.

The agents said they were sur- prised when Robert made the open­ing $4.6m bid.

That was im­me­di­ately coun­tered with a $4.7m bid by a woman stand­ing with John Angius, who iden­ti­fied her­self as grand­daugh­ter Gabriella. An­other bid­der also emerged, of­fer­ing $4.75m.

Gabriella replied, shout­ing “$5m”. Bid­ding con­tin­ued un­til Mr Angius spoke up with a $6 mil­lion bid. And it was his. As every­one filed down the stairs — the same stairs where Mrs Angius had fallen — Gabriella said: ‘My grand­fa­ther is very happy, he loves the house, he built it.”

An ag­i­tated Robert Angius in a con­ver­sa­tion with sup­port­ers of his fa­ther Gio­vanni be­fore the auc­tion. Pic­tures: Sam Ruttyn

Gio­vanni Angius’ now grown-up grand­daugh­ter Gabriella was do­ing the bid­ding for him.

Laura Angius in 2000 , hold­ing grand­daugh­ter Gabriella.

The South Coogee home.

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