Mum and late son’s girlfriend battle over his $566,000 superannuation and death benefits after crash

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Mum loses ugly court battle trying to pocket her son’s $550,000 super payout from his girlfriend – claiming she was about to be dumped for being ‘hard work and needy’ before he died in a motorcycle crash

  • Jeremy Plooy died in a collision on the Bruxner Highway in NSW in August 2018
  • His girlfriend Nicole Mensinga received  his $566,000 super and death benefits 
  • The Ballina couple had lived together for 16 months and wanted to re-sign lease
  • His mother Carol Myers claimed the relationship was ‘very volatile’
  • Ms Myers lodged an appeal with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority 
  • Claimed son told her: ‘I’m done with this relationship. She is… so friggin’ needy’ 


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A mother whose son died in a motorcycle crash has lost a bitter legal battle with his girlfriend over his $566,000 superannuation payout.

Carol Myers said her son Jeremy Plooy had a ‘very volatile’ relationship with Nicole Mensinga who she described as just another of his ‘serial girlfriends’.

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Ms Myers said her son told her ‘I’m done with this relationship, she is hard work and so friggin’ needy,’ before he was killed in a collision on the Bruxner Highway in northern NSW in August 2018.

Nicole Mensinga received a $566,000 superannuation payments - including death benefits - after her boyfriend  Jeremy Plooy was  killed in a motorcycle crash on the Bruxner Highway in northern NSW in August 2018

Nicole Mensinga received a $566,000 superannuation payments – including death benefits – after her boyfriend  Jeremy Plooy was  killed in a motorcycle crash on the Bruxner Highway in northern NSW in August 2018

Ms Myers applied to have Ms Mensinga removed from Mr Plooy’s death certificate despite the couple having lived together for 16 months and committing to renting their Ballina home for another year just prior to his death.

Mr Plooy's mother Carol Myers lodged an appeal to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority claiming his relationship with Ms Mensinga was 'volatile'

Mr Plooy’s mother Carol Myers lodged an appeal to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority claiming his relationship with Ms Mensinga was ‘volatile’

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In a signed affidavit submitted to a NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ms Myers said her son had undergone a vasectomy during his relationship with Ms Mensinga.  

‘Carol said he thought of himself as a man without responsibilities and free to do whatever he wished,’ a ruling handed down by the tribunal on Tuesday and seen by Daily Mail Australia said.

Mr Plooy was a 39-year-old student nurse who planned to work for Doctors Without Borders after graduating and loved fishing, surfing and music.

Ms Myers claimed Ms Mensinga shared none of his interests and lodged a submission with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority about the $566,000 in superannuation payments – including death benefits – she received as a dependent spouse. 

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Mr Plooy’s father Pieter Plooy, however, told the tribunal his son was in a committed relationship with his girlfriend  and she was entitled to his estate.

‘He says his other children were telling him that Jeremy was happy in the relationship with Nicole,’ the ruling read.

Senior tribunal member Peter Molony found Mr Plooy was committed to Ms Mensinga and the pair were in a genuine defacto relationship, ‘despite his gripes about it’.

‘I do not accept that Jeremy having a vasectomy is evidence that he was not in a de facto relationship with Nicole,’ he said.

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Senior tribunal member Peter Molony found Mr Plooy was committed to Ms Mensinga and the pair were in a genuine defacto relationship, 'despite his gripes about it'.

Senior tribunal member Peter Molony found Mr Plooy was committed to Ms Mensinga and the pair were in a genuine defacto relationship, ‘despite his gripes about it’. 

‘I do not accept that a man who has had serial live-in relationships with a number of ‘girlfriends’ over the years, would continue to commit to and bind himself to a relationship that is hard work, demanding and costing him money, if he were not committed to it. 

He added Mr Plooy’s vasectomy should not count as ‘evidence that he was not in a de facto relationship with Nicole’.

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