Judge's daughter is facing eviction
THE daughter of a judge is facing eviction and bankruptcy after failing to pay her rent for eight months.
Sarah Kate Hagen, whose mum Carol, pictured, regularly sits on cases at Bristol Crown Court, has been given 14 days to vacate the two-bedroom flat she lives in with her daughter, in Queen's Court, Clifton.
Miss Hagen was taken to the country court in Redcliffe Street by her landlord, Waterod Investments Ltd.
In a possession order hearing in front of District Judge Julie Exton yesterday, it emerged Miss Hagen was £5,699.94 in arrears, including the landlord's legal costs.
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Representing herself, Miss Hagen told the judge she lived in the flat with her eight-year-old daughter and had been trying to find somewhere else to live.
"So far, we haven't found anywhere," she said. "An extra week would help, but I don't know if that's possible."
Miss Hagen said she had applied to the city council for housing help, but nothing had been offered to her so far.
When asked by District Judge Exton of the likelihood that she would be able to pay the money owed to the landlord, Miss Hagen replied: "I've filed for bankruptcy – there's no way I could possibly (pay)."
Miss Hagen has until August 21 to move out.
For every day she stays after that date she will owe the landlord another £21.37, the court heard.
The Post understands Miss Hagen has lived in the flat for about two years and rent, which hasn't been paid since January, is £650 per month, excluding bills.
When asked outside court how she had got into this financial situation, Miss Hagen said: "Just personal difficulties."
An order for possession means a tenant does not have the right to stay in the property he or she is renting after the date given in the order, usually 14 or 28 days after the court hearing.
If Miss Hagen does not leave by the set date the landlord can ask the court to evict her, through a 'warrant for possession', which will have its own deadline.
Waterod Investments Ltd, which owns the flat Miss Hagen lives in, declined to comment on the case.
Judge Carol Hagen regular dispenses justice on the Western circuit and sits at Bristol Crown Court most days.
She has passed sentenced on many high-profile cases that have hit the front page of the Post, including that of prolific burglar Jason Reed, 39, whom she spared immediate jail, opting for a suspended prison term, only for him to carry out 22 more break-ins.
Then, in April, Judge Hagen jailed him for six years, only to reduce that sentence by a year, under the "slip" rule that allows judges to change their mind on sentences within a certain period.