A business man has been ordered to pay an annual sum of £170,000 to his former wife by a London court. The couple, who were married for over 40 years, sought a divorce after the husband killed the wife's pet ram after an argument. The ram lived in Cannes on a property owned by the couple, and the judge hearing the case cited the animal's death as a pivotal moment in the couple's relationship.
The wife had originally asked for an annual maintenance payment of nearly £400,000 pending the divorce, and the sum included £70,000 for travel costs and vacations, £24,000 for clothing and shoes, £18,000 for restaurant dining, and £170,000 towards renting a London residence with a housekeeper. Reports say that she set aside £500,000 to pay for her legal fees.