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Nov 2, 2011

Squatters get 2 extra years on land

Meanwhile, a land dispute was settled amicably in the Supreme Court this morning before Justice Michelle Arana.  Stacey Ortiz and her mother, Linda Hinds took a fellow city resident, Ricardo Castillo, to court over a piece of land they have been occupying on North Front Street. Castillo, who is the owner of the parcel adjacent to the Northern Fishermen’s Cooperative Limited,  has agreed to allow Ortiz and Hinds to continue living on his property free of cost for the next two and half years. Attorney for the mother and daughter was Said Musa, who says they argued on the grounds of the squatter land rights act. But it was revealed during trial that Castillo has a lease from the Government claiming the land. Ortiz and Hinds had been paying rent to Castillo for quite some years, but they were not consistent with payments.

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