Since asking the above question, I have filed a small claims
case in the jurisdiction in which my boyfriend lives. I had been open and honest with him about this and he knew he was going to be served papers. After trying to avoid service for a period of time he was finally served last Friday and we have a court date on August 29th.
The previous expert didn't make me feel all that convinced that I have a strong case by saying "my boyfriend could be responsible". I have taken photos, have physical evidence, repair bills, a chemist's report on the carpet stains (urine), etc., but I would like to know the best way to present this case. I realize small claims court is suppose to be brief and to the point.
Secondly, when he was served by the Police Officer, he told the officer that the only thing the dog had done was peed on the carpets. Can I get an affidavit from the officer and present that in court?
Lastly, where can I search for similiar cases and rulings?
This entire situation has pretty much destroyed the one year relationship and I just don't want this to come accross to the courts as a vindictive break up thing. He had been promising me all along that he would have the carpets cleaned and my wood repaired but of course he is now denying this fact.
When checking out this gentleman's previous court history he is certainly not new to the courts system and although he has a good pension he continuously moves his bank accounts arround so that when his wages have been garnished in the past - his pension cheques aren't going into the same account. (P.S. Is that a form of fraud??)
Thank you I look forward to your answers and will be available to provide any clarificationn you might require!