Demands for CoP to step into land dispute

| 07/07/2019 | 132 Comments
Cayman News Service
CoP Byrne, Area Commander Lloyd Marriott, Captain Crosby and Mike Adam (Photo courtesy RCIPS)

(CNS): An ongoing land dispute that has arisen between two private home owners in West Bay has become a community battle and residents in the district are demanding that Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne step in and restore the legal right of way that former Cabinet minister Mike Adam has to his home after his neighbour effectively blocked access. Following more than a week of escalating confrontation, demonstrations and mounting Facebook traffic over the issue, Adam’s neighbours accused Byrne of neglecting his duty at a community meeting last week.

Residents in and around Kings Road, where Adam lives, raised the issue at the meeting with police last week. However, the police believe this is a civil dispute, which means that unless a court has ruled one way or another, the police cannot enforce access for Adam, who was the community services minister in the last UDP government.

Local boxing champion Charles Whittaker warned the commissioner at the meeting that because he sat on his hands, this type of dispute could turn deadly. Most of the residents who attended the meeting and spoke about the issue supported Adam and could not understand why the police have failed to enforce what they see as an obvious breach of Adam’s lawful access to his land. Given that the access was registered, the community believes that the lack of enforcement shows the RCIPS is taking sides.

Commissioner Byrne has denied any bias on his part or those of his officers but said they cannot lawfully clear any obstructions that have been placed on the easement without a direction from a court.

According to a release from the RCIPS, the day after the community meeting at the local primary school on Thursday evening, the commissioner met with Adam, his family, neighbours and his lawyer to discuss the details of the dispute over the easement across an adjoining property. But the neighbour, Wilson Mendoza, who owns the land in question, was not present.

Byrne has said he will be reaching out for a meeting with him as soon as possible, but in the meantime, the CoP has stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the matter. But while his officers are ready to enforce an order of the court with respect to the easement, one has to be granted first.

Adam and his family have been using the land to access their own property for some 40 years. An easement is acquired lawfully even without registration after twenty years of uninterrupted use, but in this case the family has registered the easement. Nevertheless, the neighbour has erected a gate with a padlock and last week reportedly dumped boulders and rubble on the access point to ensure Adam cannot cross the land.

In a formal statement the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said that without a court order, police officers were unable to clear any obstructions on private land, even, if appears to be the case in this dispute, it is restricting a lawful right of way.

The police said they had “sought and received consultative legal advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions”, which confirmed that “the decision of the registrar of lands in this matter is not enforceable by police absent a court order and penal notice”.

They said the parties must seek a remedy through the court. Meanwhile, besides intervening to prevent a potential breach of the peace, unless other action is directed or authorised by the court, the police cannot step in.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t read all of the replies so this may have been said already. My issue with all of this is the Police is siding with the wrong party.

    I believe Mr. Adams has enough evidence to warrant the removal of the blockage until MR Mendoza can prove otherwise. The onus should be on Mr. Mendoza not Mr Adams. I look at this like lost or stolen property. If one party can show they purchased something and someone just has possession to allow them to continue possession is wrong. At the very lease the Police should say the right of way can not be blocked as there are documents validating the easement and Mr. Mendoza needs to prove otherwise.

    I think personally our police are inept at doing their jobs properly. They spend more time making excuses than actually resolving problems. They are scared to do their jobs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If Cayman is so horrible why are so many expats here? Simple answer please! BTW, A plane leaves several times per day! Make use of it and go!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Typical Pirate code against modern law. Both sides are right. They are just brought up to different standards. Third world culture is never going to change itself to modern standards and vise versa. If you are living in a third world community you are subject to their standards.

    • Jotnar says:

      Oh please. Its a neighbours property dispute – tend to be hot headed and result in quite disproportionate actions irrespective of which jurisdiction they are in. And your references to third world versus modern standards seem to be on completely the wrong foot and I suspect deliberately provocative to stir the usual expat versus Caymanian pot – neither side is using the court to resolve this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mr Mendoza has published a letter from Lands and Survey that states they were all in agreement to move the easement.

    He published it on CMR and then he was asked by the ringleader if he is mentally stable!

    Why is everyone ignoring the facts? The easement is to be moved! He has the letter from Lands and Survey. It should be case closed, yet everyone is still yammering on about poor old Adam family and how hard done by they are by the innocent Mendoza’s.

    What has happened to the Mendoza’s is criminal. They have basically been stoned in the town square by rotten Caymanians who blindly follow their crazy ringleader.

    There must be justice for the Mendoza family.

  5. Anonymous says:

    im sure these webayers can sort this over a game of doms….

  6. Anonymous says:

    Correct me if I’m mistaken but as in what seems to be a similar case in Bodden Town this year a person tried to erect a motorised gate across a right of way to the beach at the end of a cul de sac. The residents on the cul de sac informed the Planning Department after which the offending property owner was ordered not to install the gate. Case closed.

    What in this case has the property owner with the registered easement taken to contact the Planning Department and obtain a cease and desist order?

    • Anonymous says:

      08.07pm oh please don’t go introducing that common sense stuff here! It will mess up the whole marl road thing and we can’t have that. Mob rule are us.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Who is Mike’s lawyer? Can’t he get this in front of a judge right away and get it resolved?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read all comments and am shocked. Where so much hate comes from?
    United you stand. Segregated you fall.
    Integration is the process by which immigrants (expats) become accepted into society, both as individuals and as groups.
    The importance of accepting and understanding one another is impossible to underestimate.
    Does your government understand that? Do you have National Integration Council or the like?

  9. Anonymous says:

    assuming of course he loses. Mr Adam loses, boot is on the other foot. But either way there would be an end to the matter.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Love thy neighbor like your self

  11. Anonymous says:

    The police should be involved to issue warnings to the Adams family and Marl Road. Their behavior has been reckless and is endangering the safety of the other family involved.

    • Janice Ebanks says:

      Can you explain how the behavior of the Adams family has endangered anyone. The entry to the Adams home has been blocked for weeks. When an ambulance was needed last week, the ambulance crew had to remove the cement pieces the Mr. Mendoza put to block the Adams from getting to their property and you say the Adams should be warned. You should be ashamed to even make such a comment. If you truly believed this you would signed your name.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know about the details about any ambulance however from what I understand there is another legal access to the Adams family, that they just don’t want to or haven’t had to use in the past….

        Regardless, it’s a matter between them and the courts, and they should be warned against enticing aggressive behavior towards their neighbor and their neighbors family…

        and yeah right, I’ll post my name so that me and my family are a target too….no thanks

    • Anonymous says:

      For sure. It’s not the first time this ring leader has harassed people. It is like she is untouchable somehow.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are ignorant beyond understanding.

  12. Anon says:

    This clearly is a civil matter and not a criminal matter.
    What makes it a criminal matter is the disgusting cyber bullying seen on FB and the Cayman Marl Road (CMR) site they are inciting violence, segregating people and nationalities and showing pictures of innocent children.
    CMR is not a news outlet it fabricated the truth to stir up trouble
    Until the authorities deal with these posts and these sites they will be dealing with a lot more civil unrest in Cayman I’m afraid

    • Anonymous says:

      CMR is lowest common denominator stuff. It’s dumbed down nonsense to whip up the professionally offended idiots on social media. Yes, it works, but it’ll never be taken seriously.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I wonder whether Byrne and his officers have acquainted themselves with section 118 of the traffic law? Sure as hell looks like an offense (and a police matter) to me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Traffic Law applies only to gazetted roads, not private property. We’ve had a similar prob

      • Anonymous says:

        Not according to the definition of road in that Law.

        In any event s118 refers to (dangerously) obstructing a road, footpath or pavement.

        I am incredulous that the police will stand by and watch ambulance crews removing the obstruction – which is plainly dangerous. (Try walking or cycling into it in the dark).

  14. Anonymous says:

    Your leaders should learn about importance of social integration from Lee Kuan Yew. Changing mindset of Caymanians is overdue.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-32028693
    “How Lee Kuan Yew engineered Singapore’s economic miracle”.

    Lee Kuan Yew’s vision was to build an economically sound country that would be robust enough for future generations. But he knew Singapore had limitations.

    The economic value of every person in Singapore today is as high as that of the US
    To achieve his dream, he had to change the mindset of its then population of around two million people. Singaporeans had to be more welcoming to immigrants if the country were to grow.

    The population needed to expand by continually attracting high-calibre people who would create employment, bring in much-needed capital and most importantly, pass on their key skills.

    It is thanks to Lee Kuan Yew’s vision that Singapore is as welcoming to immigrants today as it was 50 years ago.

    But it is the integration of foreign and home-grown talent that has allowed the country to enjoy decades of economic growth.

    • Anonymous says:

      You understand nothing of the lee kuan yews legacy and the Singapore story. Has very little to do with immigration. Notice you conveniently omitted one of Mr. Yew’s first orders of business was to get Britain to relinquish its colonial rule over Singapore.

  15. Anonymous says:

    “The home was on the market for sale. Buying the home to get rid of us would have been a better example of Caymankind.”

    Owner believes house fire was arson
    https://caymannewsservice.com/2016/04/owner-believes-house-fire-was-arson/
    Read the comments to this article, published i 2016, as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      They will never buy, as they expect to be given; if they are not given, they take.

      I watched your story at the same time I was going through a similar situation to yours.

      Darkness is coming to the Cayman Islands, indeed.

      I’m sick for the Mendoza’s. I see Mr. Mendoza has posted more this afternoon.

      The Cayman Islands are not a safe place to invest in real estate.

      • Anonymous says:

        Tell that to booming market and countless professional that come to these shores for the little piece of paradise. Sounds to me like you did not do you due diligence and did completely understand the risks involved before investing.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a lot of people who know nothing about it have strong opinions (and nothing else) to say. Caymanian culture? This is between 2 people and needs to be worked out between only these 2 people. Let them work it out themselves.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mac? Tara? Bernie? Capt. Eugene? Anyone? Hello, this is in your constituency, does any of you give a shit at all? I’ll give you CI$100 if you do something, will that help?

    • Anonymous says:

      You need more than a hundred dollars to get either of them out.that’s small change for them now.If it was election time every one of them would have something to say to try to garner votes..Remember this next election when they start kissing up to you for votes..

      I’m surprised even more at Bernie because he was the one always saying he stood up for Caymanians..where is he now?

      Mac and the rest…well we know when they will show up..

  18. Anonymous says:

    I would think that a Caymanian putting a giant dumpster across the easement should be due cause for the police to get involved.

    Yet, in Cayman, the police ignore it.

    • Concerned Caymanian says:

      Why would the Caymanian who put the container to block the road get in trouble when nothing happened to Mr. Mandoza when he has blocked the Adams for weeks from using the road to get to his home. I say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. What goes around, comes around.

  19. Anonymous says:

    How the Mendoza family have been treated online and on Facebook is extremely wrong, and scary for all expats on this island, or anyone not surrounded by their family for that matter. I feel for the family and the children involved regardless of who is in the right and who is in the wrong. However like another poster pointed out, I’m ashamedly too scared to publicly voice my support for them as I don’t want this kind of harassment for my family either.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could not agree with you more.

      The best we can do is put out to the rest of the world that, despite their lofty claims, the Cayman Islands are NOT safe for foreign investment. We endured a nightmare in Cayman that lasted many, many years and were scared to come forward.

      One thing I can agree with that I read on the social media site, Cayman has Fixers. If you know the right person, you can have something done or hidden or complicated to the point of exhaustion. I read of a real estate team that has bragged about having said powers and I know the phenomenon to be true.

      Lots of things disappear in Cayman. Lots.

      Lots of people disappear in Cayman. Lots.

      • Anonymous says:

        Care to name some of these people and things that disappear so often in the Cayman Islands matlock ?

      • Anonymous says:

        Lots of people disappear? Like who? The only ones I can recall in the last 5 years are the school teacher who went missing off SMB, the lady who worked at the dump, and the old chap who used to sleep in cars in GT. Who are all these other disappeareds?

      • Anonymous says:

        This guy! lol Sounds like your about to write a script to new series!

    • Anonymous says:

      There was an article about expat’s house being deliberately set on fire when she was off island

  20. Anonymous says:

    Just FYI, if a member of shit families break into your property in the middle of the night and decide to squat as shit families do, the police will do absolutely nothing about it.

    And Kenneth Brian will be leading the charge to keep them in there.

    That’s just a fact.

  21. Anonymous says:

    So, people can unlawfully stop me from sunbathing or walking along the beach, and the police will do nothing? A simple citizen has to take a multinational to court to enforce their basic prescriptive rights?

    • Anonymous says:

      That doesn’t smell right. Perhaps the police can do some belly-button gazing and ask themselves what law enforcement, the rule of law, serving the community, “we listen, we act” and keeping the peace, actually mean.

      Enough of the “not my job” crap!

    • Anonymous says:

      Until the legislature makes that a crime the police are not involved. Just stand your ground. If they lay hands on you then there is a crime.

    • Anonymous says:

      Present the facts to your arguments, otherwise than that, they are just your opinions.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, not even close. And that’s not what the police are saying at all. The point is that this is still a dispute as opposed to a law being broken. The police don’t get to decide what the laws are, they only get to enforce them.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Same guy that Mr Adam was found guilty of assaulting, but no conviction recorded? Whilst the CoP may be strictly speaking right this has all the potential for getting very ugly and escalating beyond a property dispute.

  23. Anonymous says:

    We were harassed by Caymanians once we bought our property on Grand Cayman.

    I feel so sorry for the Mendoza’s. I know, intimately, the pain they are experiencing.

    The fact that their faces and children have been exposed on social media is a travesty. There are three sides to every story and the Mendoza’s are being demonized and bullied by one social media outlet.

    This happens far too often in Cayman. An expat buys and Caymanians are so entitled, that property is never yours. Ever.

    Buyer beware, indeed. The Cayman Islands are not a safe place for outsiders.

    Caymankind will lie straight to your face, take your money, and put you into the pit of Lucifer.

    Corrupt, scary, dirty banana republic.

    Go look at the comments left by Caymanians to this man. Stating that the missing persons number in West Bay is high… that they are going to take their own type of justice on this family… get Gaza on them.

    It is horrifying that the law has not stepped in and stopped this bullying. The comments on social media are terrifying. I am worried for this family and their small children.

    We sold and are never coming back. We tell everyone we know of our experience with “Caymankind”.

    Mr and Mrs Mendoza, I suggest you do the same. It took us years to get out because Caymanians wanted to be sure our heads were under water as long as possible. I have never experienced anything like it.

    Trust me, it is best to just cut your losses and get out as soon as you can. You cannot trust anyone in Cayman. Nobody. I cannot make this statement to you any more clear.

    People are watching your story and have their own but are afraid to speak out.

    • Anonymous says:

      True!

    • Anonymous says:

      6:02 am; be careful with such generalizations to a whole population.

      We have the most secure land registry anywhere and full access to the courts in cases where rights may be infringed.

      It is true that social media leaves much to be desired here as it is worldwide; that is the nature of the beast, unfortunately.

      But you don’t really help. In fact you add to the confusion with your hyped up, over-the-top unsupported allegations.

      It would be good if everyone would just take a deep breath and think before they jump into the fray: are you informed enough to add to the conversation? Are you being fair? Will what you say be helpful?

      • Anonymous says:

        Just some questions 8:44am:

        Were you this well measured to show up to the protest last weekend and give a logical viewpoint?

        Do you go on social media and hype down your country men who are proposing kidnapping and death to the Mendozas?

        Do you support the social media account that is leading the charge against this family? In any other country, the law would have stepped in to this type of cyber bullying. But not in Cayman.

        Do you think how Mr. Mendoza has been treated is peaceful?

        They were going through the courts but now a protest has been held, pictures have been posted AND

        AND

        The cherry on the sundae:

        One of your country men has put a giant dumpster container across this easement!!!

        So for every one speaking out at how this easement is a safety issue to get the Adam’s house, how is putting a garbage container across the easement not a safety problem? Now 2 families don’t have access to their properties in case of an emergency!!!!

        How are Caymanians looking out to see this civil issue is handled justly and properly?

        You aren’t.

        Simply: you are group of disenfranchised people who have no regard for the law, whatsoever. At the same time, you are all too cowardly to fight your own politicians who have turned Cayman in to a dicktatorship and a well bent on running it into the ground to line their own pockets.

        Good day.

        • Anonymous says:

          What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander. Why should the Mendoza’s be allowed free access over the easement and not the Adam’s?

        • Anonymous says:

          Isn’t the dumpster on someone else’s property? Do they not have the same right to block the easement as Mendoza did? Sounds like you had some sour grapes a while back and get the taste out of your mouth. Anything you say will obviously be biased.

      • Anonymous says:

        The allegations are not unsupported, they are my direct experience. over a number of long years.

        When someone is being terrorized by one of you, on their own property, and there is no safe recourse, it is beyond scary. It’s too bad you can’t realize that fact.

        There was nowhere for us to turn in Cayman.

        The only thing we could do was sell and that was a real eye opener to how far the rot goes in Cayman. It took us years to get out.

        This issue is a real cancer to the Cayman Islands. If I didn’t fear for retribution and my life, I could write a best selling non-fiction account.

        • Anonymous says:

          Facts: when someone purchases property in the Cayman Islands, it is recorded at the Government Lands Regestery and that theirs 100 %, no one can take that away from them , not ever.

          • Anonymous says:

            Not arguing your point. The point being made is that your life will be made into a living nightmare by entitled Caymanians.

            • Anonymous says:

              Many expats will walk through Caymanians house yards. But when they buy land they put up signs right away saying, private property keep out. So they want to do unto caymanians, but don’t want Caymanians to do the same to them, and that’s a fact.

            • Anonymous says:

              Same can be said for expats too!

        • Anonymous says:

          Care to say where you lived so we can avoid?

          • Anonymous says:

            Just avoid all of Cayman. Frey’s were in East End, squatters in George Town, and Mendoza’s in West Bay. It’s a dime a dozen, these accounts.

            • Anonymous says:

              I mean, I have been here for over 10 years and owned. I have not seen what you are saying so why don’t you say your district? You said you left so name away.

              • Anonymous says:

                I think it’s clear we have a pot stirring, cyber bully on our hands. XXXXX If what they said were truly happening, the Cayman real estate market would not be going through this boom. The poster more than likely disagreed with laws and did not follow them, so ended up where they are. NOT SORRY!

    • Anonymous says:

      BS.I came to Cayman 39 years ago and can say that you are full of Bull Durham.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes! Please leave ASAP, we Caymanians are very scary people… very dangerous! lol

    • Anonymous says:

      6:02 am, come to cayman BRAC, we are friendly people, we treat expats same as locals or better, not so many jobs here, only jobs like school teachers, nurses, Doctors etc, that’s available, but its also a wonderful place to retire if you buy property, its yours 100%, no but or if’s. We Brackers are friendly and kind to all, makes no difference where you from. You behave and be friendly, we be the same to you all the way, plus its no traffic jams and very, very, very low crime. Thanks for coming.

    • Anonymous says:

      6:02 am, some of what you saying is not true, like expats buys property but its never theirs, ever, if anybody buys property in the Cayman Islands its recorded at the Lands Registery and its theirs 100% . Facts is Facts, it can be checked out. Also Caymanians treats expats the best of anywhere else in world, if they treat Caymanians nice. Csymanians would go out of their way to treat them nicer.

      • Anonymous says:

        Please do go over the social media account that threw gas on this fire. Read the comments. Just this afternoon a Caymanian woman commented that she would have burned down his house long ago. This is but one, recent, example of the heinous comments that have been made.

        A fella, not even involved, has left a dumpster to thwart access.

        I’m sorry but expats are treated terribly in Cayman. As long as we kowtow to Caymanians, it is good, and I agree but rope only so long. We are taken advantage of and rarely does anyone care to hear our side of the story.

        You do have crazy people in Cayman who continue to go unchecked, absolutely tormenting and terrorizing people with half baked facts.

        It is terrifying.

        • Anonymous says:

          The “fella” as you call him has placed the dumpster on “his” property…He has every right if Mendoza and put a gate across his..

    • Anonymous says:

      Good move 6:02. Now stay out of our business.

    • Anonymous says:

      As an expat living in Cayman for the last 7 years, I am very offended by your comments. I have bought property in Cayman and I have made many friends, Caymanian and expat as well. I treat my neighbors good and I have Caymanians living on either side of my home.

      Because you may have had an issue that we cannot verify, you use this instance to vilify the good people of this island. This is wrong and nothing more than generalization on your part.

      I believe in Cayman, Caymanians and the strong growing economy we have here. People, like me would not be buying real estate if we did not feel comfortable here..Caymanians are a friendly and kind people and yes there are things said in the heat of the moment XXXXX

      Caymanians, I love you and I stand with you!

      • Anonymous says:

        Do you belong to the Lodge?

      • Anonymous says:

        5:11 pm, we love expats like you, yes we do love people like you, you make us Caymanian proud, you are one of us, you are Cayman kind.

      • Anonymous says:

        5:11 pm, we hope you get Caymanian status, so you can really be one of us, we love people like you.

        • Anonymous says:

          One of us! One of us,…

          Congratulations! You’ve been anointed. Welcome.

          Here’s your anti homosexual hat.

          Your hazmat suit and mask.

          Your tunnel vision glasses.

          Your T-shirt that proudly states you are just Driftwood.

          Your mechanical apparatus to continually make sure you turn your cheek.

          Follow us blindly and we will get along just fine.

          There are no human rights in the Cayman Islands, we are the Islands time forgot.

          If you need a reminder, look at the dump, lack of education and sheer disregard for human life other than for the chosen few.

          Welcome.

          • Anonymous says:

            So nice of you to wrap all Caymanians in one tight bundle…If Cayman is that bad, maybe you should leave…Lots of flights headed north everyday…

    • Anonymous says:

      Im from overseas, I bought a house several years ago off a caymanian. I have no issues with my neighbors but it all depends how you treat them. if I dumped bricks at the end of their drive im sure they would be pissed.

      • Anonymous says:

        Amen! Thank you for coming to Cayman and investing in our country..We appreciate people like you that understand the rule of law and abide by it..

  24. Gen hamm says:

    If you must cross someone else’s private land to get to your property why don’t you buy the road way from the owner of the property.After all its his land.Why do you expect it free? Did you buy your land from that person? If not then its only fair you pay for the road through his property.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are an ass! This is a registered road way. It does not belong to either party..The public is allowed to traverse it to get to either home. You do realize that in order for the Mendoza’s to get to their house the have to pass over the same registered roadway and none of the other owners have stopped him..

    • Anonymous says:

      Because when the Adams bought the pathway already existed and was shown on the survey as an easement. As to why they don’t buy a strip through Mr Mendoza’s property, Mr Mendoza would have to be prepared to sell it, which given it goes right through the centre of his parcel seems unlikely.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sure, and you go buy every inch of beach you want to walk on.

    • Anonymous says:

      I recall reading that Mr. Mendoza said when he bought the property, the then owner assured him the easement would be moved from the centre of this property to the far perimeter.

      • Anonymous says:

        In that case Mr Mendoza has a right of action against the person who told him that

      • Anonymous says:

        He should then go after the landowner that told him that..I could tell people that pigs fly and if you choose to believe me then that is your foolishness. Ignorance of the law is no excuse..in any country..

  25. Anonymous says:

    Commissioner Byrne is right!! This is nothing to do with the Police. This is a civil matter. Both parties need to contact their lawyers. What’s the matter with you all? It only becomes Police business if a criminal act has taken place. I remember many years ago whilst on duty at West Bay Police Station that a call came in from a member of the public that to come to a property because her 5yr old child refused to go to school????? I thought I was hearing things! You all need educating. So annoying for RCIPS when they have a huge amount of serious crimes to sort out. Land and family disputes that are not of a criminal nature are nothing to do with the Police. Contact Family services with any issues with children etc., Lawyers for land or property disputes. Don’t forget, Marriage Guidance help if your marriage is on the rocks too. Not Police if your partner doesn’t come home sober until 3am either.

    • Leroy Parker says:

      The law is a shackle I tell you! Everything you have to go to a lawyer. That was designed to make us poor and we keep falling into the trap, particularly in the traps of the most greedy. Why a pastor tells us, “you are now man and wife” at the stroke of a pen and it’s or richer or poorer and I get poor just trying to get a divorce? See, that’s where this land dispute is headed according to one comment, make him bankrupt. Whoever made this earth, save us all.

      • Anonymous says:

        I was an expat when I got really wronged by a Caymanian property manager. The amount of abuse she shamelessly inflicted upon me was unheard of. She consulted some commissioner, who then green-lighted a blatant violation of the Tenant/Landlord Law. Police refused to intervene stating it was a civil matter. If not for our friends, 3 people would have had to spend a night under the stars. In the US this property manager would have been arrested on the spot.
        I didn’t go to a lawyer. I filled in small claims court against the property manager on my own. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do that. Fill in the forms they provide and file them. I would skip how many times I had to go to the court house to file it, but I persevered and won my case. The property manager was fired. I got all my money back.

        P.S.
        Ever heard of the boomerang effect? Few years later she was “frustrated with what she described as inadequate investigation by police”.

  26. #FixTheSystem says:

    Why does the court has to be involved when there are already laws to be enforced? Aren’t there land registry laws which makes a decision by the registry binding? No wonder people can block beach access and the police can’t help the people.

    If life is getting so complicated that the ordinary person has to always hire a lawyer to get basic rights, or be protected according to the Constitution, the Govt and LA are not doing their job.

    The AG should be able to interpret all laws and advise the police on how to enforce the laws in the first instance. Some of the ancient laws sent down from London needs to be tweeked or changed. The actions of the registrar is just waste of taxpayers money if they have no weight or cannot be enforced. The system is corrupt and broken.

    • Jotnar says:

      Civil law is enforced by the court. The police take action in respect of breaches of criminal law – and even then the court ends up determining the outcome. When you have the AG deciding which laws have been broken and the police then enforcing them, you are well on your way to a dictatorship or a police state.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Sounds pretty straight forward, so what’s the problem?

  28. Anonymous says:

    The sheer amount of vitriol floating around in FB is disgusting. You would think half of these protesters actually owned land around the “blocked” easement.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Good grief, using a boxer has-been to make threats to “Turn Deadly?!?” How is it that a career MLA lawmaker doesn’t know to call a lawyer on a civil matter?!? Further evidence that we need to open the field to more suitable candidates, and enact SIPL to ensure they aren’t financially destitute.

    • Anonymous says:

      A) He’s not a career MLA lawmaker. (And he probably does know better.)
      B) The boxer probably thought he was being helpful. (Whether he was or not is open to interpretation.)

  30. Anonymous says:

    Adams and his lawyer know they need to go to court to get the decision enforced. The other guy may be in the wrong but the way forward is simple.

    • Anonymous says:

      Now we know why Mr. Adam is no longer a politician – he doesn’t even know the proper “avenue” to “address” his problem.

      It is sad though that an expatriate seems to be causing so much trouble – hopefully things will not turn out any uglier.

      Not only will Mr. Adam need to get a lawyer and get Lands & Survey involved, but he will also most likely need a land surveyor to confirm the boundaries of his property and the easement. Most easements will specify their width and which parcels it affects – but it is usually questionable as to the exact location, especially if it has twists and turns on a property that is irregularly shaped.

      Easement disputes are more common than the general public thinks.

      While Mr. Adam has been made to sound like the victim in the story, not sure that is 100% the case – who is to say that he is not the bully and is wrong – will be interesting to see what the court says.

      • Anonymous says:

        You need to do your homework before making such an ignorant remark. You just show the readers how ignorant you are.

  31. Anonymous says:

    It’s a civil matter. Mr Adam needs a lawyer not the police.

    • Anonymous says:

      Certainly hope anyone that finds themselves in a position such as this is able to afford a lawyer. I assume there are other situations very similar.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you cannot afford a lawyer you can always represent yourself, as long as you can afford the court filing fees, which would only cover a few hours of a professional lawyers time. The Courts don’t like litigants in person, as their lack of experience with court procedure, the law and case precedent makes things more cumbersome and can lead to inadvertent errors, but the court won’t deny someone representation based purely on not being represented by an attorney. Not being able to afford a lawyer is not an absolute barrier to litigation. Ms Hill/Catron knows that well – has represented herself in a number of matters.

    • Anonymous says:

      Any lawyer worth his salt would be able to handle this.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Charles who?

    Why does the Government have to solve every problem?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why does the government have to create every problem?

    • Anonymous says:

      No one on this group of comments has used the words intervention by getting a minister of a church or other well known party from the community to come together to come up with ideas and alternatives to this situation. Why does everything have to be hate, hair pulling, anger or tactics to get even? There must be underlying issues here that could be ironed out? What happened to forgiveness? The way forward could be these families having a get together by other friends and asking each other what the other wants? Did one person anger the other by name calling? The dynamics of this all could by solved by old fashioned communications.

      • Anonymous says:

        Try that and see how it works out for you…

      • Anonymous says:

        Our Pastors are expats too.We have similar problems in the churches now a day as well. Whilst we have some and a lot of very good folks coming to our shores and joining us we do get a lot of garbage too. Most of the desireables comes with their own agendas. Not to mention how they don’t want to join us ,even in the churches the are segregated. This is so wrong as they should be glad to know that Cayman has more to offer them than their home Town. That’s obvious or they wouldn’t have left their home.

    • Do as your told says:

      This isn’t a job for the police because they aren’t familiar or qualified in law to that extent. Which begs the question, why should they be given authority to enforce laws which they themselves don’t even comprehend?

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