Eviction shocks family of four
Three days before the beginning of the new school term, a mother and father are unsure of where they are going to lay their heads with their two teenaged daughters.
The four were evicted from the two-bedroom chattel house they called home at 1st Avenue Maxwell, Christ Church, and it was demolished yesterday morning.
June Chase, 42 years old, told the Weekend Nation she lived there with her partner Christopher Walcott and her daughters, ages 14 and 16.
“A woman named Navita came with [attorney] Hal Gollop and said we had to leave. She was just flaring about papers in her hand, but I never saw them, so I don’t know what it say. No eviction notice or anything was put on the house. And then marshals get here at 7:20 this [yesterday] morning and start putting all the things outside,” she said, adding that some of her daughters’ school uniforms and books were damaged in the hurried move.
Chase explained that she met Walcott when she was 19, and they lived in one of the nine houses on the tenantry land belonging to Errol Millington who resides overseas. The structure, owned by Walcott, was the only one dismantled yesterday.
Walcott said rent was $36 a month for the spot they were on, but Millington had stopped accepting rent from him and about three other tenants about five and a half years ago, and had lodged the matter in court.
“He say we owe him $20 000, but that can’t be. I used to pay my rent through [another lawyer] when he had his office in Whitepark Road,” he said.
Chase added she no longer worked as her asthma attacks were worse now compared to when she was younger, causing her to be hospitalised for lengthy periods. The only income the family had was the $180 welfare grant she received from the National Insurance Scheme. Walcott works two days a week at $75 per day. “I am not a proud man. I work two days a week for a woman out in Worthing with the sewage issues. Otherwise, if somebody want their lawn cut, I pick up my lawn mower and go and cut the grass. I have my family to feed. I trust in God and that is how we survive,” Walcott said as his voice broke, adding that he was trying to find somewhere for his partner and children at least for the night.
Chase said she had nowhere to turn and no family that could house them.
“Me and my sisters don’t really add up,” Chase said, adding that she had spoken to Member of Parliament Dr Adrian “Medic” Forde via Whatsapp.
When contacted, Gollop said he could only say that the eviction was done as a result of a court order.