Lawyer fails to silence ‘growling’ toilet at Airbnb

Couple said they were being kept awake at night by noise from toilet next door.

 Robert Curran, Jo McGarry-Curran and the 'growling' toilet. <strong>Kingdom News</strong>
Robert Curran, Jo McGarry-Curran and the 'growling' toilet. Kingdom News

A lawyer has failed to force a high-profile couple to silence a “growling” mechanical toilet at their Airbnb flat.

James Morris claims he and his wife are being kept awake at night by a malfunctioning system at a Fife property rented out by Robert Curran and Jo McGarry-Curran, who lived in Hawaii.

The couple are well known on the Pacific island – with Mr Curran a high-profile sports broadcaster and his wife a vice-president at an international commercial property firm.

The dispute centres on a Saniflo toilet in a bathroom in a flat at a former fisherman’s cottage in St Clair’s Entry, Kinghorn.

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The Morris’ claim the system’s macerator – a spinning blade or fan which grinds solid waste into a liquid – sounded like a motorcycle revving or a chainsaw being started.

They wanted an interdict imposed so the system can no longer be used.

A proof hearing at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard Mr Morris, 52, had kept a “detailed” diary of guests’ arrivals, departures and bathroom habits, showing that the “awful grinding noise” had “ruined [their] lives”.

But in a written ruling, Sheriff Grant McCulloch dismissed the case and said the Fife couple had become “obsessed” with any noise coming from above.

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He added that it was likely the “obsession is what keeps them awake at night, straining to hear the next whoosh from the pump”.


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