Winnie Su is an abandoned bride and she may be a precedent to all other brides left by their grooms before their wedding day. According to the order, Su will be able to keep the $15,500 diamond engagement ring that was given to her by her ex-fiancée.
Many would question about the rightful owner of engagement rings in Melbourne once a separation ensued since it has already been used to propose to someone.
A magistrate has given the order for the woman to be able to keep the wedding ring despite the traditional laws that are followed in terms of marriage. These laws have been followed for over 90 years, until now.
Ms. Su and Edwin Toh are supposed to get married but instead they ended up in a courtroom in Sydney. The unfortunate events unfolded when Mr. Toh decided to call the engagement off just 10 days from their actual wedding date. According to him, he wants Ms. Su to be removed from his life.
The case was heard in a local court in Downing Centre where Ms. Su demanded that he returns all the gifts that she had presented to him while they were together which includes the very shoes that he is wearing. It was, in fact, given back to her on that same day in court.
Ms. Su, on the other hand, refuses to give back the engagement ring that was used during the proposal as well as the two wedding rings she have in possession. Her wedding ring cost $800 while his is $500. All of the rings are bought by her ex-fiancee.
This is the reason why Mr. Toh decided to bring things to court but according to Rodney Brender, the magistrate in charge, the engagement ring is considered as unconditional gift.
The magistrate said that an engagement ring should not be treated like regular gifts since it was given as an absolute present.
In the end, Ms. Su was able to keep the engagement ring but not the two wedding rings as they belong to Mr. Toh. After hearing the news, men who are planning to purchase engagement rings in Melbourne are aware of what will happen to the ring once they decided not to go through with the wedding.