Dec 20 2012 by John Rowbotham, Hamilton Advertiser
Council investigators are probing ‘hell neighbour’ complaints against people living in a posh flat owned by a bent lawyer.
Tony Murphy, who was struck off for taking from clients’ accounts money to which he was not entitled, bought the two-bedroom flat, at Mote Hill, in 2005.
Residents in neighbouring properties say they are fed up with the behaviour of tenants who have lived there.
They have complained about noise and people coming and going at all hours of the day.
However, on Tuesday the 62-year-old woman who lived with her son (31) and grandson, aged five, at the flat owned by Mr Murphy said they had moved out because they “couldn’t get peace” .
Mr Murphy’s flat is in a block of nine at 21 to 37 Mote Hill. It’s tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac over-looking the Palace Grounds.
Ex-Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson is a former owner of the block’s palatial penthouse and well-known members of the Hamilton business community have bought property there.
Although a number of the flats are now rented, it’s the one owned by Mr Murphy that has attracted complaints.
One property owner, who asked not to be identified, said: “The problems with that flat have been ongoing for about three years.
“First it was occupied by a woman who had a constant flow of visitors; males mainly.
“The council were contacted and she left in 2011 and for a few months it was occupied by two young boys and two young girls who also left after the intervention of lawyers acting on behalf of the other residents.”
The resident said they were replaced at (Mr Murphy’s flat) by the gran and her family, and added: “Once they moved in, there were taxis constantly at the door and a flow of visitors from 9am until 7pm seven days a week.
“People were absolutely fed up with what was going on and just want a bit of peace and quiet.”
Another resident, who also didn’t want to be identified, added: “Everyone has been complaining about the people in 29. There were always people coming and going and the police have been up here twice following complaints.”
The gran said the flat cost them £750 a month although both she and her son were in receipt of housing benefit.
She added: “We did get complaints but there was nothing major.
“We just decided about two weeks ago to move out because we couldn’t get peace and my son couldn’t do with all the hassle. If he has another heart attack, he will be dead.”
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said they were aware of complaints of antisocial behaviour in relation to the tenants of the property in Mote Hill and added: “We have taken action to deal with the issue and are continuing to monitor the situation. Further appropriate action will be taken if merited.”
Mr Murphy, who lives in the Barncluith area of Hamilton and had a business in the town, was in November, 2011, found guilty of professional misconduct by the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal. He told the Advertiser on Monday he did not wish to comment on the Mote Hill row.
A police spokesman confirmed they had visited Motehill following complaints from residents.
Hamilton North and East councillor David McLachlan said he had been receiving complaints about the behaviour of tenants in the block for up to nine months.
“I asked out antisocial behaviour team to look into the matter and they have come up with a way to try and make sure that tenants fall into line,” he added.