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Leon "Bigger Bigs" Samuel. (iWN file photo)
Leon “Bigger Bigs” Samuel. (iWN file photo)
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Leon “Bigger Bigs” Samuel has secured another victory against the government in the case he brought against the state relating to a survey of lands at Rabacca.

The case surrounds lands on which Samuel operated his mining operation in the North Windward district until the government revoked his licence a decade ago, forcing him to close his block-making business.

Bigger Cement and Aggregate Inc., of which Samuel is the manager, instituted legal action against the state in 2019, challenging a survey process and a survey plan carried out on those lands.

The government was purporting to survey almost nine acres of land, which the State was alleging are owned by the Crown and which Samuel said was his property, before, during and after the survey.

He is arguing in court that the state’s actions were illegal and unconstitutional.

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In June 2019, High Court Judge, Justice Esco Henry dismissed an application by the government to strike out Samuel’s claim.

Samuel’s legal team, which is headed by Queen’s Counsel Stanley “Stalky” John and includes lawyers Jomo Thomas and Akin John, resisted the application and the court ruled in their favour, dismissing the application as being without merit.

However, the Attorney General’s Chambers sought the permission of the court to appeal Henry’s decision to dismiss the application.

But Samuel’s legal team argued against the appeal, saying it has no prospect of success were it to be heard, and in December 2020, Henry again ruled in Samuel’s favour.

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Lawyers Akin John, left, and Jomo Thomas at the press conference last week. (iWN photo)

In a press conference last week, Thomas and John updated the media on the latest development.

“And what is very critical is that the court expressly stated in its decision that the basis for those orders were that there is no merit to the proposed ground of appeal and the AG had no realistic chance of success — totally and absolutely vindicating the position that Bigger had taken in opposing the application,” John told the media.

John said this means that Samuel’s substantive claim remains to be heard and his legal team intends “to pursue the progress of this matter so that this substantive claim can be heard within the shortest possible period of time.”

He, however, said it is important to note that the government filed a defence in the substantive matter notwithstanding its attempt to appeal the decision to dismiss the motion to throw out the case.

“What, therefore, you may say, is the merit in pursuing an appeal? From our point of view, it is purely an effort to frustrate Bigger’s efforts and deny him the constitutional right to the enjoyment of his property, amongst other things,” John said. 

Speaking at the press conference, Samuel expressed confidence in his legal team.

“From the time we went into court in 2019 with this matter and I see the way I see the case has been handled by the team, it makes me a lot more relaxed and I am now in a position where I can focus more on how to survive economically in term of getting things done that I would have liked to get done before,” Samuel said.

3 replies on “Another victory for Bigger in Rabacca land case”

  1. It is a disservice to Vincentians. Bigger , by far had the best quality blocks. I just bought some cinder blocks from a ‘ reputable’ company and their are numerous small holes visible on the finished product. Evident that these were n’t sufficiently agitated to remove the sir pockets. What is also evident is that these ‘ so called’ skilled personnel are ignorant as to how these weaken the final product. Now I know why taking a little hammer to these blocks reduce to to rubble. No onset our infrastructure crumbling like bread crumbs.
    These guys need to find houses built in the 80’s and 90’s from the fella( blockmaker) in Fountain and hit them with a hammer and observe the difference.

    Where are the state entities that test block in SVG.. Are they functional? Do they have the necessary personnel and equipment to carry out their job? What is the consequence of these bodies not doing their job effectively?

  2. Nathan 'Jolly' Green says:

    There is no doubt that there is no living Vincentian, Bajan, Lucian, Grenadian, who does not know what happened to Bigger because he changed support from ULP to NDP. It was wicked political vicious, malicious treatment to punish him.

    Having said that the planning department surveyors and land department knew that, all lawyers know that the DPP and state prosecution knows that the Attorney General knows that. Everyone in the Attorney General’s Department and office knows that. They all know that because they are Vincentians like you and me. It is not a secret; some ULP supporters even supported Bigs’ punishment and said he should know his place. So why would they choose a rout of wrongness instead of selecting the right? Why would all those people go along with the political punishment that was handed out to Bigger Bigs? Why would they assist and help the ULP hierarchy to do what they did to Bigs, and on an ever-continuing basis? Is it cowardice on their parts, frightened for their jobs, or are they part of the extreme evil axis that we are living under in SVG today?

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