The maker of a replica of the Titanic has claimed he received threatening and abusive messages from his former partner.

The ownership is at the centre of a legal dispute between the two.

Last month Carmel McGrath, who claims she paid the costs of building the 16ft-long replica, secured a High Court injunction restraining Hungarian National Zoltan Panka from selling the model of the ill-fated ship that sank more than 100 years ago.

She claims that without any permission, Mr Panka took the model from her home at Glenview Park, Dillons Cross, Cork while she was away.

She feared that Mr Panka would sell the model, estimated to be worth up to €70,000, which she claims is jointly-owned by the pair.

However, in a sworn statement to the court Mr Panka disputes her claims, and says that he received a number of abusive messages from her after leaving her home with the model. She has denied that claim.

Mr Panka denies that there was any commercial relationship between the two concerning the model or that he intended to sell the model.

When the matter was mentioned before the High Court, Mr Justice Sean Ryan ordered that the current location of the model be disclosed to Ms McGrath's lawyers.

Arrangements are to be made so that the model, believed to be in Carrigaline in Cork, could be inspected, the judge said.

The judge adjourned the matter to a date later this month when Ms McGrath's application for possession of the model will be heard.

In his affidavit Mr Panka, who is residing at a homeless shelter in Cork City, said he lived with Ms McGrath since 2009, and contributed 50% of what he earned as a tiler to her household.

He said model ship building was a family hobby and he spent up to 2,000 hours working on the replica, which is not completed.

He said the model is not worth "a fraction of the value" put on it by Ms McGrath. He also estimates that Ms McGrath paid €2,000 out of the €8,000 spent to date on the model. The rest he spent himself.

Mr Panka added last July he was kicked out of her home because she believed that he became involved with another woman.

He left without most of his belongings and was rendered homeless. Despite this, he agreed to mind her house when she was on holidays last August.

During this time he received some pleasant and some not so pleasant texts from her. He decided their relationship was over, and left her home with his belongings and the model ship.

After this he received "a litany" of threatening and abuse text messages and calls, and was subjected to online harassment and lies by Ms McGrath.

He was also visited by individuals purporting to be members of the Gardaí telling him to return the model or face deportation.

Mr Panka's statement was in response to Ms McGrath' claims that that they both decided to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking by building a detailed model replica of the ship.

Both parties were to be joint owners of the model. Ms McGrath claims she spent €8,300 towards the cost of the model.

It was to be stored in a garden shed at her home until the model was sold. The proceeds were to be split 50-50, she claims.

Previously the court heard that Ms McGrath went to gardaí after the model was taken from her home. She attempted to contact Mr Panka about the matter, however she denied any text messages she sent were in any way threatening or abusive.