A wealthy property developer has been jailed for 14 months for contempt of court in relation to his divorce settlement.

John Hart, 83, was ordered to hand over £3.5m of his £9.4m wealth to his ex-wife, former flight attendant Karen Hart, as well as his shares in company Drakestown Properties Limited – two estates of industrial units in the West Midlands. Mr Hart did not cooperate with that court order.

Wildblood jailed Hart for 14 months, telling him: “Mr Hart, so serious are these acts of contempt that only a sentence of imprisonment is justified.