An oil trader has been given a 21-month jail term by a High Court judge who concluded he had broken promises after agreeing to pay millions of pounds to his former wife following the breakdown of their marriage.
Wade Cherwayko – a former chief executive of energy firm Mart Resources, which is based in Calgary, Canada – had been accused of being in contempt of court by Moya Cherwayko.
Mrs Justice Parker has ruled in Ms Cherwayko’s favour after analysing evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in July.
The judge has outlined her decision in a written ruling, saying Mr Cherwayko’s behaviour merited a “term of immediate imprisonment”.
She said he had shown “contempt for this court” and shown that he was “untrustworthy”.
Mr Cherwayko had not been at the hearing – a lawyer representing him said he was in Dubai.
And Mrs Justice Parker said he might “escape implementation” of the sentence if he remained outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales.