UPDATED: February 22, 2011 –
The Mafia won: Violet Beckles died on August 23, 2010
With the current fuss in the news about our broken, corrupt and unreliable Land Titles system, this past article about one of the victims of that system deserves a read. Without a reliable, secure and accurate Land Titles system the crooks and their crooked lawyers descend upon the innocent and naive like flies to sugar. (We’re trying to maintain some standards ’round here, you can substitute any word for sugar that you like!) 🙂
As you read about Violet Beckles, be aware that this lawlessness surrounding the ownership of land in Barbados has been thriving for decades – and the lawyers like it so.
Original article first published December 13, 2009…
“When an incident happens in Barbados – any incident – we knowingly look to the status of the people involved and can usually predict the outcome. Is the victim a nobody, elderly, poor or especially a woman – and the other person one of the elites? We all say… tough luck sweetheart – you haven’t a chance of seeing justice!”
Old Ladies with land are fair game in Barbados
An old lady who has title deeds to what is now incredibly valuable land in Barbados will not stand in the way of “progress” as defined by the Barbados “mafia” who have spent decades waiting for her to die.
So far the informal coalition of lawyers, politicians, land developers and other big shots has been successful in keeping Violet Beckles running to and fro with a series of lawyers while construction on land claimed by her never stops and successive governments keep expropriating more of her land without waiting for definitive answers on her claims.
Barbados, of course, is the country where simple civil suits of condo ownership can take two decades to arrive before a court… and that’s not counting appeals! (Previous BFP story on justice delayed here)
But those politicians, lawyers and land speculators won’t have much longer to wait as Violet is now 91 years old. Yes, she has a son – but as the lawyers are well aware, the longer the cases drag on, the more evidence is lost. Witnesses die, papers in the Land Registry get “lost” and the Beckles family will run out of energy and money to fight the Princes of the Court.
One of the great tragedies in her case is that early on – some 20 years ago – no lawyer advised her to move to take control of the lands she has deeds to. Golly… I wonder why no lawyer advised her to do that? Now, 20 years later the courts tell her “Oh… too bad Violet. Ya should have taken control of your lands 20 years ago. Tough luck!”
Yup, shouldn’t be much longer before Violet passes on and those who write history and the news stories can safely label her as a crackpot – instead of telling like it is.
The truth is, the Violet Beckles story is an inconvenient microcosm that reveals everything that is wrong with Barbados.
Nation News: Old lady lays claim to Six Men’s
(Interesting how the cynicism of the journalists comes through in the URL: “http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/beckles-owns-all-of-buhbadus-copy-for-web“)
Barbados Advocate: Justice needs to be delivered
Barbados Free Press:
… and finally…