Tamara Ecclestone wins latest round of legal battle with ex-boyfriend over ownership of 380,000 LamborghiniOmar Khyami claims the rare Aventador was given to him as a birthday giftVehicle was then allegedly sold on to a Turkish collector by KhyamiMiss Ecclestone discovers transaction and launches custody battleJudge sides with her and agrees injunction to keep supercar in BritainA hearing later this year will decide who the Lamborghini belongs to
being shipped out of Britain.
The rare Aventador is at the centre of an ownership dispute with her ex, stockbroker Omar Khyami.
He claims she gave him the car as a birthday present – she claims she never did, it was never a gift and she wants the car back.
Pleased: Miss Ecclestone leaves the High Court with her fiance Jay Rutland having won the first stage of her legal battle today
Row: Tamara leaving the Lamborghini Aventador at the heart of the case, which her ex sold claiming it was a gift but she says it wasn't and wants it back
Mr Justice Warren was told the car had recently been sold to a Turkish buyer and said there was a 'real risk' that it could be taken out of the country to Turkey.
'That should not be allowed to happen,' he said, and ordered the car to be taken to a secure garage for safe keeping until the dispute over who it belongs to is decided.
Tamara, 28, smiled as the result was announced and gripped the hand of her fiance 31-year-old former senior Pacific Central broker Jay Rutland. They became engaged in January a month after they met.
Her solicitor Charlotte Harris of Mishcon de Reya said : 'We wanted to get the car to be held somewhere safe until the dispute is resolved and that is what we have achieved.'
Her counsel Andreas Gledhill told the judge she paid Elite Performance Cars 380,000 for the car and took delivery in April last year.
At the time she was still in a relationship with 38-yearold Khyami, who without her knowledge borrowed 250,000 from Elite against the car at an interest rate of 70 per cent.
Special: The Lamborghini is one of the world's rarest cars and has allegedly been sold to a Turkish national who is trying to have it shipped out of the UK
After they split up in July last year she kept the car and at the beginning of April it was taken to a garage for servicing.
But bailiffs from Central London County Court seized the car from the garage believing it belonged to someone with an outstanding judgment debt against them.
Khyami then went to the court, said it was his, and managed to get the car back which he then gave to Elite in settlement of his debt against them.
Elite then sold it to Ansol Trading Ltd., for 118,000 cash and a 132,000 Mercedes in part exchange.
Ansol then sold it to the unnamed Turkish buyer after receiving a 65,000 deposit.
Blocked: Omar Khyami leaves the 380,000 car in June 2012 when he and Tamara Ecclestone were a couple. His ex gained an injunction keeping it under lock and key in Britain today
Sour: Miss Ecclestone with Mr Khyami in Monaco before their break-up and the row over the expensive car they both claim to own
David Rosen solicitor advocate for Ansol told the judge they bought it in 'good faith' and were entitled to sell it on.
But the judge said if it was never a gift to Khyami in the first place Elite never had title to it and could not sell it.
He said Khyami got the car back from the court in 'extraordinary and unusual circumstances.'
In his judgment it should remain in a safe place out of the control of any of the defendants until the dispute was resolved.
No date has been fixed for that hearing.