Archbishop Gordon in legal fight with vendor over “unlawful” structure on church compound

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Archbishop Gordon in legal fight with vendor over “unlawful” structure on church compound

Roman Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon has filed a legal claim against a vendor from Maraval for constructing a fruit stall on the compound of one of its churches without permission.

The vendor in question, Jason St Hilaire, has built a structure on the compound of Our Lady of Guadalupe along Saut D’Eau Road, Paramin, Maraval and is currently building a second structure.

The Archbishop is contending that St Hilaire was unlawfully using the property to ply his trade.

While he is yet to enter a defence, the Archbishop claimed that when told of the structures, St Hilaire became hostile and chased the agents from the land, claiming it did not belong to the church.

St Hilaire allegedly claimed he was operating his business outside of the church’s property, which is not fully fenced.

Justice Frank Seepersad on Friday partially granted an injunction that was being sought by the Archbishop to prevent St Hilaire from continuing with the construction of the second structure, as well as to have him stop plying his trade on the compound.

Justice Seepersad directed that St Hilaire not continue with the construction of the second structure, which was being built of concrete, but allowed him to continue gaining an income by utilising the first wooden structure.

He is to also refrain from assaulting, abusing or intimidating the Archbishop or any of his agents.

The injunctive order is to remain in effect until the substantive claim is heard and determined in November.

In the substantive claim, Justice Seepersad has to determine whether St Hilaire is, in fact, using the church’s property to ply his trade.