Submitted by Fatima Azziz
Linda and James PROSPER, of Diamond Valley, in the Parish of St Philip entered a dwelling I occupied in 2009, and removed tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of personal belongs and changed the lock on the entry door. I returned, entered and realized items missing. I changed their lock. We were all at THE RBPF – Holetown – being interviewed by Const. 1175 Jordan where Linda and James Prosper claimed Mr Gill of Smith & Smith Law Firm instructed them to enter throw out and re-possess the property while I was out of the country with my 14 year old child. Indeed no rent was paid while I was overseas. But also, NO COURT ORDER.
I advised that the items missing were not what any sane person would dump. Further these people do not know the terms on which I occupied the premises. Linda Prosper insisted they did not take the items, but dumped them, thus after much agitation 1175 Jordan said, “if anybody know they took the items they should return it.” He informed Linda and James Prosper that the instructions received from the Mr Gill of Smith & Smith was bad advice. I was asked to leave the room.
On returning the Prospers chimed that they would compensate for what they insisted were dumped. Why only those specific items were moved? Linda Prosper returned to the house subsequent asking for a Janitorial pail she left behind. I refused. They returned gain, in my absence, picked the sliding door lock, entered and took the pail and heavens know what more. More visits and complaints were made to the RBPF Holetown and HQ pressing for criminal charges. Stn. Sgt Alleyne, Scantlebury and Stn Sgt. Edwards on different occasions insisted that it is Landlord and Tenant and that the perpetrators have agreed to compensate therefore no need for criminal charges.
I went to Police Complaints and Inspector Lashley on more than one occasion instructed RBPF – Holetown to file charges and allow the Court and Lawyers to deal with it. To appease HQ a statement was taken from me by 1550 Rock after being taken to the RBPF station, Holetown by Sgt Harris (Parris/Morris). However no charges were filed. Holetown insists it is a Landlord/tenant. So I stand down and waited. Weeks pass and no receipts of items or compensation. I called again demanding the Police recover my property; among them ceramics, electronics, drawings and paintings belonging to an Estate, personal items my daughter’s childhood Portfolios and floor poofs (with all her DNA of puke, piss and poo). Stn Sgt Woodroff advises “nobody stole the paintings they moved them somewhere to protect them.
An Order to repossess was issued in October 2009 and there were no claims, by the Attorney, for outstanding rent. Months pass, numerous calls, Lawyers’ letters and Bailiff’s contacts and still no returns or compensation. So I resume the aggigation. Visited Holetown and there are no records of my Statement or that I visited the Division in April 2009. I Wrote the Commissioner of RBPF, on December 1, 2015, learned that since an agreement was in effect between Linda and James Prosper and the RBPF, they can resume the matter of criminal charges. Balls begin to roll. By December 15th Linda Prosper is contacted and presents a Statement that she did enter and change lock (on Attorney’s instructions) but did not take anything from the property. The matter was passed to another Superintendent who assigned their best Investigator to the case. His Report, (11 months to present the same facts that were in the station’s log and Sgt Edwards’s records (Diary)), engenders another face-to-face encounter with Linda and James Prospers and a third Officer of the RBPF. Linda and James insist that they did not take anything away; but dumped items, yet they claim I did not lose what I claimed. Perhaps she can list what she knows she took. I insist that the electronics and ceramics, my daughter’s childhood Portfolios (especially) could not have been removed only to be dumped over those items left behind in the dwelling. One hour into the fiasco and James Prosper then BLEATS: “I am going to admit it. I took the cordless phone and answering machine”. Asked to return them he claims he threw it away. OMG. He reported that they entered the dwelling twice. On the first occasion to change the lock and on the second occasion to clean and remove (dump) items. Two large black sacks (garbage bags) were found in the dwelling with a yellow pail.
The Assistant Deputy Superintendent (ag.) does nothing; says nothing. I am awed. Seven years, Lawyer’s letters, Bailiff warning and countless denials; not to mention our trauma, deprivation and discomfort and we get another promise to compensate. I waited for Linda Prosper to BRAY that she took the others including collected items, samples, swatches, drawings, kitchen utensils (secured in cupboards), and personal items etc. I ask and insisted on their return (preferably). WITHOUT REMORSE Linda Prosper launched into this tirade about rent owed and that Mr Gill told her to dump so she entered and dumped and all she dumped were decaying food and rotten/not good items. Yet she puts in a plea that she was recovering rent. This is after she duped the RBPF in 2009, that they would compensate in order to avoid charges, because (according to them) they did throw items out. Now in 2016, cornered and exposed, her claim is rent recovery. Ironically the items went to Diamond Valley, St Philip and not to the Owner, who lives in Washington DC. In fact Mr Gill is not aware that items were moved from the location to St Philip. In fact his instructions (according to Linda Prosper) were to dump. He did not ask her to recover rent or hold my property in care of or lieu of. All this and the Assistant Superintendent, still, does nothing. Either they don’t know the Law or they are impotent or prejudiced. Again I am asked to leave the room (as in 2009) and on my return (believe it or not) I am told by the Assistant Superintendent that Linda and James Prosper agree to compensate for the cordless and answering machine. After admitting to dumping several items (in 2009 and currently) and Stn Sgt Edwards’ records of their agreement to compensate as per preliminary list.
How blunt could these two be? I must be a Jackass.
Or the Superintendent thinks I have nothing to do but to leave America and return to Barbados for a phone and answering machine that were bought in America, and to pursue a matter for so long for so little. This prejudice is profound.
The RBPF is aiding and abetting these two thieves in their criminal activities. I insisted on criminal charges. I am, told “… to bring criminal charges NOW, will make the Police look……”. What the hell that has to do with me or Justice or recovering the assets of the Estate I was authorized to protect? If this is not sickening what is? The RBPF, Holetown is condoning these Bandits and manipulating the facts to fit a Landlord/Tenant issue in the face of all the discrepancies. The RBPF has different stairs of Crime and justice. The little black boys in Haynesville, Pondside, the Orleans, the Farm or the Pine or the Boggs do not get this kind/quality of facilitation or tolerance for breaches of the Law. This smacks of corruption and lawlessness to me.
This is setting a dangerous precedent that property Owners and Agents can lock people and their children out of dwellings and cart away anything behind the walls of a rental on the lame pretext (allegations) of recovering rent. I was told by another Officer, that it is only the government that benefits from Criminal Charges. So now the RBPF is trying to deny the Govt. much needed revenue. Chris Sinckler should be appeased by this.
Linda and James Prosper took the items to Diamond Valley, St Philip. They did not hand them over to the Owner or Mr Gill of Smith & Smith so they not only committed grand theft from me and my daughter and The Estate but committed breach of trust in the execution of their duty to repossess the Owner’s property. Aka Grand theft from the Owner.