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Nov 13, 2009

Crooked Tree land dispute takes another turn

Story PictureOn Thursday in Crooked Tree, the family of Jossiah Adolphus rounded up their neighbours in protest against the family of Muriel Tillett that is claiming one point five acres of the land they believe is rightfully theirs. News Five followed up today with the attorney for the Tillett family to get the story over their side of the fence. And according to Attorney Arthur Saldivar, his clients have actively utilized their rights to the land and won a trespassing suit against the Adolphus family twenty years ago. Saldivar says that after his clients were restored their titles to the land, the decision was appealed. That case would have come up on the thirteenth of October but was abandoned by the Adolphus family so he was shocked to find that there is now an all out brawl over the land.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Tillett Family
“The matter had been first and foremost in the Supreme Court. This is a family feud so to speak over a portion of land that was divided by the patriarchs of the family some time ago; between grandparents of the parties that are now having this contention. One portion, a one point five acre portion, was passed down from Ms. Edith Rowland to her daughter Mrs. Muriel Tillett. That mater was decided in court since 1989 and subsequent to that another matter was brought. I don’t want to go into all that detail but simply to say that an action brought by the Adolphus’ to the Court of Appeal was abandoned at the eleventh hour and as we now speak, this is a settled matter where the inheritance of the Tillett family has been restored. The will of the court should be respected; the order of the court should be respected. I believe that what occurred yesterday was that the marshals went out to effect the court order and, as you are making me aware now, there was a contention over that. I find that to be somewhat shocking.”

According to Saldivar, attorneys for both parties will visit the site along with an official to survey the property and mark the boundaries of the Tillett’s portion of land in Crooked Tree this Saturday.


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