An elderly landlord told Puisne Judge Shade Subair Williams in the Supreme on Thursday January 20 that PLP Senator and junior Minister of National Security Curtis Richardson owes her $19,000 in unpaid rent.
Visibly upset in court, Margaret Harvey, the complainant, told Justice Williams that the Senator threatened to file a restraining order against her, for coming onto a property that she owned. She also doubts that they will win the case, due to Mr. Richardson’s political position and affiliation.
During court, Mr. Richardson offered to pay Ms. Harvey and her family $100 per month until the debt is cleared because, according to him, that is all he can currently afford from his job as a taxi
According to the Harvey family, Mr. Richardson only paid $1400 towards the debt since September of 2020, almost a year and a half ago, and $1161 a month for three months that year, the latter of which was paid with the help of financial assistance.
On November 2 of last year, Acting Magistrate Aura Cassidy set a date for an assessment of the senator’s current financial means to be analyzed and assessed: December 3, 2021.
However, Mr. Richardson did not show up to court on that date and, according to Ms. Harvey’s daughter Dr. Margot Harvey, who spoke in court on her mother’s behalf, Magistrate Cassidy then issued a warrant for his arrest with a proviso that he pay $325 a month going forward, as well as for the previous ten months.
Also according to Dr. Harvey, he was given seven days to pay the $3250 he owed his former landlord, or he would be arrested. To TNN’s knowledge, he has neither paid the money that he was ordered by the court to pay last month nor was arrested at any point.
Not finding the case appropriate to be heard in the Supreme Court at this time, Justice Williams moved it back to Magistrate’s Court for another assessment of Mr. Richardson’s means to be conducted.
Appointed to the Senate in 2020 by the Honorable Premier David Burt after the PLP’s landslide election victory, Mr. Richardson makes over $30,000 a year as a senator and junior minister.
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