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Millionaire 'playboy' seeks AVO against Renae Leith-Manos

  • Angus Murray, 47, launched AVO proceedings against Renae Leith-Manos, 43
  • He claims she harassed him by smearing 'c**t' on his Bentley and father's house
  • Also alleges she threatened to stab him in the heart and throw acid on his family
  • Leith-Manos is vigourously defending, claiming he made it all up as revenge
  • Beauty blogger broke it off after 'discovering he was seeing 10 other women'
  • Accused him of using litigation to ruin lives of women who reject him 

By Nic White For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 09:04 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 09:11 EST, 14 November 2017

Angus Murray met Renae Leith-Manos in late October, 2015, and by the end of their first date he was promising they would spend their lives together.

Two years later they were on opposite sides of a courtroom as Murray accused her of sending him death threats, writing 'C***' on this car, and threatening to throw acid on his teenage relative.

His former flame argued she dumped him after finding out he was seeing 10 other women, and was making up his chilling claims to ruin her life as revenge.

Millionaire hedge fund boss Angus Murray, 47, (R) launched AVO proceedings against beauty blogger Renae Leith-Manos, 43, (L) after their breakup 
Millionaire hedge fund boss Angus Murray, 47, (R) launched AVO proceedings against beauty blogger Renae Leith-Manos, 43, (L) after their breakup 

Millionaire hedge fund boss Angus Murray, 47, (R) launched AVO proceedings against beauty blogger Renae Leith-Manos, 43, (L) after their breakup 

Leith-Manos told the court she dumped Murray after finding out he was seeing 10 other women, and he was making up his chilling claims to ruin her life as revenge
Leith-Manos told the court she dumped Murray after finding out he was seeing 10 other women, and he was making up his chilling claims to ruin her life as revenge

Leith-Manos told the court she dumped Murray after finding out he was seeing 10 other women, and he was making up his chilling claims to ruin her life as revenge

Their path from lovers to bitter adversaries contesting an AVO application Murray, 47, filed against Leith-Manos, 43, in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court, began with a house renovation.

Leith-Manos, a popular beauty and travel blogger, was renovating a terrace house down the street from Murray's parents Ian and Judy in Sydney's Paddington.

'You're having lunch today with the girl next door,' she wrote in a text message to him hours before their first date at the Centennial Hotel in Woollahra.

Later that day he sent her photos of high-end jewellery from Cartier where he bought her a love bracelet and said she was the woman of his dreams.

'There will be many more gifts coming, this is just the beginning,' he wrote in a note attached to the box he presented to her that night before they drank champagne at the Woollahra Hotel.

At 4.30 the next morning he picked her up and drove her to West Head where they watched the sunrise over the ocean and he told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.

Murray claimed to police Leith-Manos smeared 'C**T' on his Bentley in November 2016, according to reports filed to the court
Murray claimed to police Leith-Manos smeared 'C**T' on his Bentley in November 2016, according to reports filed to the court

Murray claimed to police Leith-Manos smeared 'C**T' on his Bentley in November 2016, according to reports filed to the court

He also told police she made a long scratch long the side of the car, likely with a key, according to police reports
He also told police she made a long scratch long the side of the car, likely with a key, according to police reports

He also told police she made a long scratch long the side of the car, likely with a key, according to police reports

Murray is a renowned big game hunter, but told the court he was in fear of his life from Leith Manos
Murray is a renowned big game hunter, but told the court he was in fear of his life from Leith Manos

Murray is a renowned big game hunter, but told the court he was in fear of his life from Leith Manos

But the high-flying boss of hedge fund Castlestone, claimed to personally be worth $280 million, couldn't stay long and he soon flew to London and hopped around the world until returning in late November.

They had Christmas dinner with his family, and Murray took her on numerous expensive dinner dates.

He returned from more overseas travel in February and they made a two-night getaway to Singapore, then the next month he met her twin children and bought them iPads, and told her to look for a house for them. 

Later they took another trip to Singapore and she visited him in London in June where he took her to his favourite restaurants and pubs around Chelsea.

During this time the couple communicated online almost daily and Murray sent Leith-Manos more than 100 nude and semi-nude photos of himself – tendered to the court as evidence of their relationship.

By June the single mother said she began to feel something wasn't quite right, so when she was in London in July for work she tried to assuage her fears.

Leith-Manos, a popular beauty and travel blogger, met Murray when she was renovating a terrace house down the street from Murray's parents in Sydney's Paddington
Leith-Manos, a popular beauty and travel blogger, met Murray when she was renovating a terrace house down the street from Murray's parents in Sydney's Paddington

Leith-Manos, a popular beauty and travel blogger, met Murray when she was renovating a terrace house down the street from Murray's parents in Sydney's Paddington

Murray claimed in police reports this letter was left in his parents' Paddington mailbox, reading 'death death death death is coming' typed on a white piece of paper
Murray claimed in police reports this letter was left in his parents' Paddington mailbox, reading 'death death death death is coming' typed on a white piece of paper

Murray claimed in police reports this letter was left in his parents' Paddington mailbox, reading 'death death death death is coming' typed on a white piece of paper

He also claimed to find under the doormat to his country home west of Sydney magazine cutouts reading 'deadly fallout from', 'killer', 'deaths', and 'fatal' attached to a piece of paper
He also claimed to find under the doormat to his country home west of Sydney magazine cutouts reading 'deadly fallout from', 'killer', 'deaths', and 'fatal' attached to a piece of paper

He also claimed to find under the doormat to his country home west of Sydney magazine cutouts reading 'deadly fallout from', 'killer', 'deaths', and 'fatal' attached to a piece of paper

Leith-Manos said she visited the Cross Keys pub in Covent Garden and by talking to staff discovered he'd been there with other women.

She reached out to Kate Hodgson, a woman in South Africa she knew Murray used to know, on July 11 asking about him.

'Angus has been shopping for an engagement ring, but I feel uneasy & can't put my finger on why,' she wrote via Facebook messenger.

Leith-Manos claimed Ms Hodgson told her by phone Murray was seeing at least 10 other women while she was dating him.

'I was devastated to find out about the other women and cut off all communication with Murray on the advice of a psychologist,' Leith-Manos told the court.

Murray found out, and a week after Leith-Manos spoke to them he sent her increasingly angry text messages that eventually threatened legal action.

'What are you doing? Why have you contacted the person that has been attacking and calling my family?' he said in texts filed to the court, in reference to Ms Hodgson.

 Leith-Manos accused him in court of using litigation to ruin the lives of women who reject him
 Leith-Manos accused him in court of using litigation to ruin the lives of women who reject him

 Leith-Manos accused him in court of using litigation to ruin the lives of women who reject him

Leith-Manos had Christmas dinner with Murray's family in 2015, and he took her on numerous expensive dinner dates while he was in Sydney
Leith-Manos had Christmas dinner with Murray's family in 2015, and he took her on numerous expensive dinner dates while he was in Sydney

Leith-Manos had Christmas dinner with Murray's family in 2015, and he took her on numerous expensive dinner dates while he was in Sydney

During their relationship the couple communicated online almost daily and Murray sent Leith-Manos more than 100 nude and semi-nude photos of himself
During their relationship the couple communicated online almost daily and Murray sent Leith-Manos more than 100 nude and semi-nude photos of himself

During their relationship the couple communicated online almost daily and Murray sent Leith-Manos more than 100 nude and semi-nude photos of himself

On July 20, Leith-Manos sent a message she testified was her last direct contact with Murray, saying: 'I'm walking into a meeting. Take Care Angus.'

Murray replied 'I won't contact you again, have a nice life,' but two days later allegedly sent 64 texts in 48 hours and another 11 messages on August 18-19. 

There appeared to be little if any contact until November 2016 when Murray left Leith-Manos a series of abusive voicemails, which were played in open court.

In the recordings he accused her of harassing him with anonymous phone calls and emails, and demanded she take down photos of the pair from her social media.

Murray was referring to posts on her renaesworld Instagram that accompanied her travel blog, and a Pintrest page where she collated photos from their dates. 

'You are abusive, you leave messages, you write vile e-mails to me and to my brother and to my father,' he shouted in the recording from November 17.

The next day he said: 'You are an unwell individual, in my opinion, you scare the hell out of me, and you have continued to harass me now for coming up to a year.'

Murray attended to Rose Bay police station on December 17 claiming he found death threats at his home and that of his parents, left by Leith-Manos.

The one left in his parents' Paddington mailbox read 'death death death death is coming' typed on a white piece of paper.

According to  testimony tendered to the court, Murray took numerous women on hunts as recently as 2015 - sometimes splitting a safari between multiple women.
According to  testimony tendered to the court, Murray took numerous women on hunts as recently as 2015 - sometimes splitting a safari between multiple women.

According to testimony tendered to the court, Murray took numerous women on hunts as recently as 2015 - sometimes splitting a safari between multiple women.

Murray seen on safari having just shot a hippo. He is mentioned on lists of the best big game hunters of all time
Murray seen on safari having just shot a hippo. He is mentioned on lists of the best big game hunters of all time

Murray seen on safari having just shot a hippo. He is mentioned on lists of the best big game hunters of all time

Leith-Manos, back up by police reports, said Murray owned numerous guns and frequently went shooting in Sydney's west - once leaving her a voicemail about it
Leith-Manos, back up by police reports, said Murray owned numerous guns and frequently went shooting in Sydney's west - once leaving her a voicemail about it

Leith-Manos, back up by police reports, said Murray owned numerous guns and frequently went shooting in Sydney's west - once leaving her a voicemail about it

He also claimed to find under the doormat to his country home in Mittagong, west of Sydney, magazine cut outs reading 'deadly fallout from', 'killer', 'deaths', and 'fatal' attached to a piece of paper.

Murray also claimed the word 'C**T' was written in lipstick across his parents' home in October while he was away in the U.S.

Two days later he walked into the station in a highly agitated state to make another report and his behaviour was 'very odd', according to police records.

Officers wrote that he continually raised his voice and was argumentative with police and 'at one stage he began to yell and pull at his hair'.

On this occasion he claimed to have found 'C**T' written on the back of his $400,000 Bentley and a scratch likely made by a key along the side he said caused about $10,000 damage.

'At the point in time I am generally scared. I can't understand why someone would go to this degree to scare me,' he said in his statement.

'I generally believe that if I come face-to-face with her she might do something to me in the process of her escalating behaviour… I generally feel that Renae will physically harm me.'

By June the single mother said she began to feel something wasn't quite right, and within a few weeks said she found out he was seeing other women
By June the single mother said she began to feel something wasn't quite right, and within a few weeks said she found out he was seeing other women

By June the single mother said she began to feel something wasn't quite right, and within a few weeks said she found out he was seeing other women

Morning after their first date Murray drove her to West Head where they watched the sunrise over the ocean (pictured) and he told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her
Morning after their first date Murray drove her to West Head where they watched the sunrise over the ocean (pictured) and he told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her

Morning after their first date Murray drove her to West Head where they watched the sunrise over the ocean (pictured) and he told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her

Hours after their first lunch date Murray sent Leith-Manos photos of high-end jewellery from Cartier where he bought her a love bracelet and said she was the woman of his dreams
Hours after their first lunch date Murray sent Leith-Manos photos of high-end jewellery from Cartier where he bought her a love bracelet and said she was the woman of his dreams

Hours after their first lunch date Murray sent Leith-Manos photos of high-end jewellery from Cartier where he bought her a love bracelet and said she was the woman of his dreams

Police did not investigate the matter or consider Leith-Manos a threat because there was no evidence she committed any crimes, and did not trust Murray's claims.

'[Murray's] version of events continuously changed and he continually spoke over police when they were trying to explain to him,' they wrote.

On the same days, Murray left angry voicemails on Leith-Murray's phone about his car, threatened her with legal action, and called her a creep and insane. 

'What you are doing by leaving death threats and messages in my letter box, writing c**t on my father's wall, writing c**t on the end of my car, and scratching my car is pretty appalling,' he said in a recording played in court.

After more than a year of legal wrangling in both Australia and the UK, and days before their court date last week, Murray made another report to Rose Bay station.

There he claimed months earlier on February 15, 2017, he got a call from Leith-Manos while he was in Colorado saying 'I'm going to stab you in the heart' before hanging up.

Police did not investigate the matter or consider Leith-Manos a threat because there was no evidence she committed any crimes, and did not trust Murray's claims
Police did not investigate the matter or consider Leith-Manos a threat because there was no evidence she committed any crimes, and did not trust Murray's claims

Police did not investigate the matter or consider Leith-Manos a threat because there was no evidence she committed any crimes, and did not trust Murray's claims

Murray stuck to his claims in court last week under combative cross examination from Leith-Manos' barrister, angrily insisting his claims were true
Murray stuck to his claims in court last week under combative cross examination from Leith-Manos' barrister, angrily insisting his claims were true

Murray stuck to his claims in court last week under combative cross examination from Leith-Manos' barrister, angrily insisting his claims were true

Murray also claimed she called again on October 18 while he was in Malaysia and said: 'I will throw acid on [teenage relative's] head.'

He admitted in court that after receiving the call he went on a family holiday to Cairns before eventually reporting both alleged incidents on October 30 after he returned to Sydney.

Police, along with Leith-Manos and her lawyers, noted Murray made similar claims against other ex-girlfriends who he previously applied for restraining orders against.

'[Murray's] story changed a number of times and it is evident that he has issues with a number of ex-girlfriends where he has made similar complaints,' police wrote in their report.

'That [Murray] has reported these phone calls to police after a lengthy amount of time suggests that he has little fears regarding his safety.'

Police, along with Leith-Manos and her lawyers, noted Murray made similar claims against other ex-girlfriends who he previously applied for restraining orders against
Police, along with Leith-Manos and her lawyers, noted Murray made similar claims against other ex-girlfriends who he previously applied for restraining orders against

Police, along with Leith-Manos and her lawyers, noted Murray made similar claims against other ex-girlfriends who he previously applied for restraining orders against

The pair will return to the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on November 29
The pair will return to the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on November 29

The pair will return to the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on November 29

Murray stuck to his claims in court last week under combative cross examination from Leith-Manos' barrister Charles Waterstreet.

He frequently raised his voice and grew red in the face when Mr Waterstreet accused him of being a serial litigant with a 'psychotic problem' who 'concocted' the threats against him.

'You use litigation against women to make their lives a misery,' he said.

Murray admitted he had 'poor judgement' regarding women, but angrily insisted his claims were true.

'If her intention is to scare me it bloody well worked,' he said.

The pair will return to court on November 29.

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