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Sep 15, 2022

Land Dispute: Antelope Street Family Needs Help to Relocate

An Antelope Street family was today forced out of the building they called home for almost three decades when a group of men, representing the interests of Claudette Waldman, were accompanied by police to the property. The men proceeded to rip down their doors and remove all the household items belonging to Kenroy Staine and his family. While court documents handed to Staine appear to be legit, the family complains about the insensitive nature of the incident and worry that they won’t be able to relocate within two months. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

As early as nine o’clock this morning, a group of men, escorted by police officers, came knocking at the residence of Kenroy Staine and his family at number ten Antelope Street in Belize City. And within three hours, the doors to the wooden structure were torn from their hinges and all household items, including beds, refrigerator, stove, and sofa, were removed from the house and place on the street.  The family says it is so insensitive.

 

Kenroy Staine

Kenroy Staine, Antelope Street Resident

“They just come and start broke down things, take stuff out of my house with no cause. One of my sons tried to intervene with his baby ina his hand sir and wah police actually pepper spray my son with wah baby ina ih hand.”

 

Shanika Theus, Step-Daughter of Kenroy Staine

“I was at home and I came here and the stuff was already outside. They had a fight with my brother and he had the baby and they pepper sprayed him and whatnot.”

 

Duane Moody

“This is where you grew up. To see that now they are telling you guys, well your family that now unu have to move, unu have to go. What’s going through your head?”

 

Shanika Theus

“Well I mean we don’t have anywhere to go. They could at least give us some. In no way we can’t go anywhere within two weeks. And everything is money. Even if we find somewhere to transport these stuff, where will we go?”

 

Shanika Theus is the step-daughter of Kenroy Staine who says they have been living there for almost three decades.

 

Kenroy Staine

“I can’t prove this dah court, but the land was given to my wife. Three partners owned the land. All of a sudden, the day of my wife’s funeral, this lady came and said this is not number ten; number ten is there – that open lot there. I didn’t pay it any mind there, but I say something up. 2017, my son dead, funeral, little after the funeral, this lady come with two police man want we come off of the land. At that time I had the land paper with the three persons’ name and the property tax from my wife and myself. I show the police man who said we have to take this matter to court. This is 2017. I deh dah court three different times in 2019 – adjourned, adjourned, adjourned. I asked the marshal on the last adjournment what happened. He said the lawyer will get back to you and this is what happened.”

 

During the ordeal, Staine was handed court documents, a ruling from Madam Justice Michelle Arana dated January eighteenth 2021 in which she ruled in favour of the claimant Claudette Waldman. She ordered that the defendant relinquish possession of the said premises. She also granted an injunction to restrain the defendant – in this case Staine – his servants or agents from causing any further disturbance, trespass, damage or activity on the parcel of land.

 

Kenroy Staine

“I feel like it’s injustice. I never get a proper hearing or okay give yo wah warning – a warn yo to come off – yo come back and I give yow ah next warning. No kinda warning just one hurricane, one bum wash – come off, come off, come off.”

 

Staine says that earlier this year he was able to acquire a parcel of land in the Port Loyola area of the city, but needs time and finances to relocate. The family of eight, including a newborn baby is now being told that they have only two months to remove the structure from the property. Staine asks for leniency to be able to do so.

 

Kenroy Staine

“I gone dah Cordel Hyde, seek wah land, I get it and everything. All I just ask the marshal for time. But it is not in his hand; he says it is in the people’s hand. But I neva meet the people.”

 

Shanika Theus

“Today was the date that they will take out all the household items. I asked him what we will do with the structure and he said within two months, they give us two months to remove the structure from off the land. I mean I can’t take everything to my house and I can’t make everybody stay because my space noh big enough fi everybody. This dah my family yard; I grow up here.”

 

For now, the family returned their items inside the house and are trying to figure out the next move. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Anyone wanting to assist the family can contact Shanika Theus at 624-6312


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