Evic­tion shocks fam­ily of four

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News - Rachelle Agard

by rachel­lea­gard@na­tion­news.com

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.

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