May 28, 2016 News
Proprietor of the recently demolished premises popularly known as the “Dread Shop” situated at ‘A’ Water Street, Russell Square, Stabroek Market is claiming damages to the tune of $20M from City Hall.
Last week, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, M&CC moved to demolish shops in the Stabroek Market area, but Attorney -at- law, Nigel Hughes, condemned the actions of the Council as unlawful, citing a matter engaging the attention of the court.
Hughes’s client, 73-year-old Anthony Forde, called “Rasta Man” was the owner of the “Dread Shop” located in proximity to Stabroek Market, and next to the Island Snackette and Pizzeria since 1968.
The Attorney had chided Council noting the City Hall move to destroy the structure even though it was the subject of a matter engaging the attention of the Court.
Hughes contended that there was an order of the Court of Appeal – which states that the matter was set to go to court for mediation – and come and destroy a building in total, and show complete disrespect and disregard for the court of Appeal,” the lawyer questioned.
The lawyer had promised that legal action would be brought against the government to pay immediate compensation for all he has lost.
In a letter from the law firm Hughes, Fields, Stoby sent to the Council on Monday, the complainant outlined that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has claimed that the aforementioned location was part of the road reserve over which they have exclusive jurisdiction with the expressed permission of the Town Clerk and the M &CC.
The lawyers said that they are instructed that the Town Clerk had granted leased the aforementioned property to our client in excess of three decades ago and has continuously levied rates and taxes and charged cleansing fees for the occupation of the aforementioned location by our client.”
But on May 19, 2016 without notice the servants and agents trespassed on our client’s property where you demolished his building and the contents thereof.
“Our client has suffered considerable loss and damage as a result of your actions. We are instructed that in the light of the Ministry of Public Works asserted ownership of the said location, you and your predecessors have wrongfully obtained by way of misrepresentation and possibly fraud, monies from our client by falsely pretending that the aforementioned property was the property of the City of Georgetown.”
The complainant is therefore demanding $20 million as compensation for the loss and damage suffered by our client.
“We are further instructed to demand as we hereby do an immediate refund of the rates and taxes and other fees levied on and obtained from our client by you and your predecessors. We are further instructed to give you notice, as we hereby do, of our client’s intention to commence legal proceedings against you for the aforementioned losses,” the letter stated.
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