VANCOUVER – A Vancouver man has pledged his undying devotion to getting back a nearly $17,000 engagement ring from his ex-fiancee in filing a statement of claim in B.C. Supreme Court.
The case opened Thursday after being filed Sept. 11 and featured a fracas outside the courtroom with both sides yelling at each other.
According to the statement, Pasquale Angelino Zampieri still owes $3,500 on a ring he gave to Jessica Bennett when he asked her to marry him after a short courtship.
The statement said the couple, who met online, were to be wed after Zampieri gave Bennett a kidney and it was her who broke off the engagement.
“Ms. Bennett, since breaking off the engagement, has tried to sell the engagement ring in dispute at auction,” Zampieri alleged in his statement.
He wrote the ring was not released to him by the auction house when he travelled to Victoria to retrieve it. The auction house co-ordinator told Zampieri he thought it was strange someone would try to auction the ring in Victoria when they live in Vancouver.
After a letter from his lawyer the ring was given back to Bennett.
The pair will be back in court Sept. 27 and Bennett is allowed to hold the ring in the meantime under strict conditions.
A search of court records turned up numerous civil cases involving a Pasquale Angelino Zampieri.
In a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, a Pasquale Angelino Zampieri lost a case filed against a storage company, which alleged a company employee made disparaging remarks about Italians.