I think your case Suzanne is all the more shameful because the ‘opposition’ sought a delay while they try and locate a so-called ‘witness’.
The judge should have ruled that if they couldn’t find him before the trial, and goodness knows they had months to do that, then tough. To make you wait until December because they couldn’t locate their witness is absolutely ridiculous. In any case, even if you had bought as an invester, this does not affect your civil rights within the law. All the laws governing contracts, obligations etc. are valid – whatever the reason behind you making your purchase.