Noel and Liam Gallagher's dad could be left homeless after losing Oasis stars' childhood house as victim of alleged 'fraud'

By Damon Wilkinson

Noel and Liam Gallagher's estranged dad could be made homeless after losing the Oasis stars' childhood house as the victim of an alleged property 'fraud'.

Tommy Gallagher has been embroiled in a bitter legal dispute over the fate of his semi-detached home in Burnage, where the brothers grew up.

Despite a judge ruling that on the balance of probabilities, the 77-year-old has been the victim of 'fraud', the sale of the Ashburn Avenue property has been allowed to stand.

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Mr Gallagher, who separated from Noel and Liam's mum Peggy when they were children, is planning to appeal the decision, but says he is resigned to losing the three-bed house he's lived in since 1972.

Despite being estranged from his rock star sons for a number of decades, he says wants to make them aware of his predicament.

Asked what he'd say to his sons, Mr Gallagher said: "It will upset them.

"I'm sure their stomach will churn when they find out what's happening.

"If they want to come and buy the house, they can come and buy the house.

Tommy Gallagher holding a photo of his son Noel aged 12, at his home on Ashburn Avenue in Burnage (ABNM Photography)

"You always love the place you were born in, don't you?

"Where you played with the kids, played football, went to school, them still being big time Man City fans, they can never get away from that."

Mr Gallagher faced having the house repossessed when his mortgage deal expired, leaving him with £27,000 outstanding - and no way to pay it.

He launched civil proceedings after selling his home in 2017. The case has been heard in the first-tier tribunal property chamber.

Noel and Liam Gallagher (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Mr Gallagher claimed in court that Thomas Keenan, said to be a childhood friend of Noel's, suggested his brother Ricky Keenan might be able to buy his house for him.

As part of the deal, Mr Gallagher claimed it was agreed he could live in the property rent-free for the rest of his life.

But it is claimed he actually signed papers agreeing to pay £650-a-month in rent - which he denied.

The house at the centre of the case (ABNM Photography)

The home was sold in January 2017 and is now owned by Hanna Property Company Ltd.

In his findings, Judge Colin Green said the house was sold as part of an 'elaborate scheme', in which Ricky Keenan 'represented' that Hanna Property was his company and assured Mr Gallagher he could live there rent-free and would be paid further sums of money over the following year.

In fact, Mr Keenan wasn't connected to Hanna and shared a £56,000 'finder's fee' following the sale.

The judge's ruling says Ricky Keenan 'misrepresented matters' to Hanna by saying he and another man were 'entitled to £56,000 of the £86,000 agreed for the sale, by way of an agency fee or commission and discharge of an unspecified debt said to be due from Mr Gallagher to Ricky'.

Tommy Gallagher shared this picture of his son Liam aged six (ABNM Photography)

The judge's ruling read: "Although I have made a finding of fraud committed against Mr Gallagher, I have also found that this was not carried out by or on behalf of Hanna.

"In consequence, the transfer of the property by Mr Gallagher to Hanna was not void or voidable."

The finding of fraud was to the civil standard - on the balance of probabilities - not the criminal standard - beyond a reasonable doubt.

The judge adds in the ruling: "I accept the accounts given by Mr Gallagher... that Ricky represented that Hanna was his company, and that he gave various assurances to Mr Gallagher concerning not seeking payment of rent and that there would be payment by Hanna of additional monies over the following year.

"I find that Mr Gallagher relied on these assurances, but that Ricky had no intention of paying any money to him."

The court heard Mr Gallagher believed the house might have 'possible celebrity value' due to the brothers having been 'born and raised' there.

He is still living in the home and doesn't know when he might be evicted.

Mr Gallagher pictured outside court in February after giving evidence in the civil proceedings (M.E.N.)

Mr Gallagher, a former builder and pub DJ, is considering moving back to his childhood home in the village of Duleek, in County Meath in Ireland, but says coronavirus restrictions make that difficult.

In the meantime, he says he's living under a cloud of uncertainty.

He said: "It's like hanging on a rope, waiting for someone to let it go.

A judge ruled Mr Gallagher had been the victim of 'fraud' but allowed the sale of the house to stand (ABNM Photography)

"It feels like I'm drowning every minute. I've never had a feeling like this before in my life.

"I worked hard on that house. I would come home from a hard day's work and I'd jump up a ladder to fix the roof. I never stopped.

"It's terrible. I don't like talking to people I know about it.

"It's okay talking to a stranger, but talking to someone I know, it's very difficult because of all the memories."

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