Pensioner, 77, wins £125,000 from his late father's £2.4m fortune in battle against his Lady niece

Mail Online | 12/12/2019 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
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A pensioner who claimed his multi-millionaire father cut him out of his will because he was an 'unwanted baby' has won his legal battle for a slice of the £2.4 million fortune.

Colin Johnston, 77, sued his niece, Lady Natalie Wackett, 39, after his father, Lord Sidney Johnston, left her his entire fortune after he died in March 2017, aged 95.

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Mr Johnston, who lives in rented accommodation with his wife, initially claimed £870,000 of the estate, but later revised the sum to £125,000, which a High Court judge accepted on Tuesday.

Mr Johnston, who works part-time as a driver to make ends meet, claimed he worked diligently and loyally for his father for more than 30 years until a major 'rift' in 1991.

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He said his father even bought wife Elsie and younger son Gary - plus his two children - manorial titles, making them all lords and ladies. But his snubbed eldest son remained plain Mr Colin Johnston.

When Sidney died, following the death of his wife Lady Elsie Johnston, in 2013, and brother Lord Gary Johnston, in 2016, he left none of his fortune to his sole surviving child.

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The High Court heard Sidney and aspiring film star, Elsie, favoured Gary, whose daughter Natalie eventually inherited the fortune.

Mr Johnston believed his younger brother was the apple of his parents' eyes, and that their hostility towards him stemmed from his being 'an unwanted war baby' - born in 1942 - while his father was serving in the RAF.

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He told the court his mother, Elsie, was always 'cool' towards him and once told him 'that if it had not been for him she could have been a Hollywood film star.'

Mr Johnston's barrister, David Giles, said this bitter background 'fed a determination that Colin would not inherit and favouritism expressed towards Gary, and...
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