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Nov 5, 2014

Pickwoad family land dispute under mediation

The case against the Ministry of Natural Resources, filed by Bernadette Pickwoad, resumed this morning in the chamber of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  The suit follows a claim of wrongful issuance of a prime parcel of land located at the corners of Albert Hoy Avenue and Chetumal Boulevard.  The property in question was initially allotted to Pickwoad, who is residing in the United States.  In December 2013, it was discovered that the title for the plot had also been issued to Maude Williams and Mervin Castillo, mother and son of former C.E.O. Beverly Castillo.  An injunction was sought and subsequently granted to halt construction on the site.  While the matter has been adjourned until Thursday, attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd told the media today that both parties are presently in mediation and anticipate that they will arrive at an amicable solution.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney for Bernadette Pickwoad

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“We are trying to reach an amicable solution and so we just need the day to go through it.  We can’t discuss the details at this point because we don’t know where it will go.  There still might be a trial [and] there might not b.  But as in many cases and as the court always encourages parties can reach agreements amongst themselves.  And sometimes it’s better because when the courts makes a decision it can only make it one way, you know, it can’t be both ways.  But when parties talk things [over] you can find a win-win situation and so that is what we are looking at we hope that we’ll be able to report something positive as a result.”



“So is some sort of financial settlement forthcoming?”


Bernard Pickwoad

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“It might be beyond that.  It might be beyond that because remember, the issue is about getting a piece of land.”


Bernard Pickwoad

“We want what is properly and rightfully ours, that’s as much as I am going to say.”


A decision in the matter is expected to be finalized on Thursday.

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