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A couple has been dealt another devastating blow when the government appealed a decision to pay them $2.7million in compensation after the house they paid for was ripped away from them.
Jess and Jackie Morecroft have been caught in a five-year legal nightmare after they purchased a house not knowing it still belonged to someone else.
The couple paid more than $1.2million for the property at Mermaid Beach, on the Gold Coast, at an auction in March, 2018.
But its previous owner Hind Issa, 83, launched legal action in September, 2018 to hang on to it - resulting in a legal battle that has spanned more than five years.
The Queensland Supreme Court found last February that while the Morecrofts did not have a legal claim on the house, they were entitled to recover its current value of $2.7million from the lenders who wrongly sold it to them.
Jess and Jackie Morecroft (pictured) have been in a five-year legal nightmare after they purchased a house not knowing it still belonged to someone else
The couple paid more than $1.2million for the property at Mermaid Beach (pictured), on the Gold Coast, at an auction in March, 2018
In a hearing last April the court said the Queensland government should be liable for compensation because the Morecrofts were victims of a fraudulent sale.
But since then the government has appealed against the ruling.
Ms Morecroft said the decision shattered the couple after they had worked so hard to untangle themselves from the dodgy sale.
'To have someone appeal that decision is absolutely devastating to us and our future, we haven't been able to plan anything for five years,' she told Sunrise on Friday.
Her husband also put out a desperate plea to the state government to back down.
'Put yourselves in our shoes, we are just trying to get by, we are honest and kind people and we didn't set out to anything wrong here, we just bought a house,' Mr Morecroft said.
He explained the Queensland Land Titles Act has a statutory scheme that protects victims of fraud - so