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November 17, 2012
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Evicted residents cry foul

Furniture belonging to a resident of this lot was placed outside as the police carried out an eviction order brought against 100 residents in Dam Head, St Catherine, on Friday. - Rasbert Turner

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A number of residents that occupied land in the Dam Head community of St Catherine were evicted yesterday leaving many crying foul on the authorities.

The exercise, which was spearheaded by the head bailiff for St Catherine Ralston Thomas, resulted in the residents showing several receipts reflecting payment on their piece of land. ''We have had dialogue with these residents on three occasions to find a way forward. Nothing has been done, so we are just here carrying out the court's instructions,'' Thomas said.

Many of the residents told The Star they have been paying over money as lease on their individual plots for over 35 years and are really saddened by the turn of fortune.

''My children born here and I have been paying on the land from a long time. I just cannot believe this is happening, we have nowhere to go. Even my children and grandchildren live here, and we really need help,'' Elaine Gentles said.

She told The Star that money was paid for the services of a lawyer, surveyor and other relevant action in order to purchase their individual lots.

Her views were echoed by others who called the property home. They also blamed the eviction exercise for the death of a senior resident who died after learning he would be forcibly removed. The land is owned by Ivy Reynolds and has been the source of contention for sometime. Recently, she successfully filed action in the Supreme Court which resulted in the order to have the occupants removed.

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