Justice Must Prevail over Cox Building’

first_imgFollowing years of legal battle over the ownership of the Cox building situated on Benson Street, Dr. Arda Thompson-Collins, who is one of the surviving granddaughters of Col. David F.M. Dean has said she would take every legal means available to ensure that her family gets justice against Atty. Sam Solomon.Atty. Solomon is claiming the property.Dr. Collins, who has returned home from the United States, told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday that “Atty. Solomon has no legal right to the property, because my family does not know him.” She said the property belongs originally to her grandfather, the late Col. David F. M. Dean.”In her absence, Dr. Ayele Ajavon-Cox served as administrator of the property through her late mother Gertrude Dean-Thompson. However, Atty. Solomon has maintained that he obtained a Power of Attorney from the late Jeremiah Harris family, who he claimed owned the building. He said the family gave him the property to manage, which authority, he said was confirmed by the Civil Law Court.Dr. Collins, in her response to Atty. Solomon’s claim, said, “What I know is that the justice system does not need to look at who a person is, where he or she comes from and how much money he or she has, but it needs to consider for people to get what they’ve worked for. And Justice must prevail.”She said Atty. Solomon’s claim to possess a Power of Attorney to manage her family’s property “is ridiculous, because we were receiving money while in the United States from Mr. Abi Jaoudi, a Lebanese businessman, in the 1980s.“Mr. Morgan who was the real estate agent was the one that used to collect the rent from Mr. Jaoudi, before transferring it to the family in the US.”Dr. Collins said she is not going to dignify Solomon’s contention that he possesses a Power of Attorney to manage her family’s property, “I want to see the Power of Attorney that he has, the date on which it was probated and who signed it.” While they were in the United States, Dr. Collins recounted, her mother gave Dr. Ayele Ajavon-Cox, the Power of Attorney to manage the property.“I’m back home to help Dr. Cox fight this battle by reclaiming our property from Atty. Solomon,” she indicated, adding, “if the court gives you back what belongs to you, then that is justice.”“But, if the court takes money in exchange for justice, that is not justice. It is stealing and if this is happening in our case, we are not going to allow it,” she said.According to her, Dr. Cox authorized the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to demolish the building. Unfortunately that did not happen, because of the stay order placed on the building by the Supreme Court on the demolition exercise, on the orders of Atty Sam Solomon.When Atty. Solomon was contacted yesterday he said he is ready for any legal fight with Dr. Cox and Dr. Collins.“I am the legal administrator of the Jeremiah Harris property and if anyone attempts to interfere into my affairs, I am going to institute a criminal and civil action in the amount of US$1.5 million against such a person,” Atty. Solomon threatened.He alleged that the property was given to him through a legal process by the Civil Law Court, and he would not be troubled with any eviction threat.“The good thing for them is for us to go back to court and not to use the media to gain public sentiment,” the former prosecutor advised.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal family have dyed their hair in a bid to raise the plight of people with cancer across the county.The McLaughlin family, like many other families, have been unfortunate enough to spend more than their fair share of time in the Donegal Hospice.Several members of the family have been treated for cancer. This week several of the family decided it was a good idea to dye their hair several different colours including bright pink to raise awareness of the everyday cancer battle being fought by many.The family members including John, Eugene and Carol all received the VIP treatment from Jenna McLaughlin of Loose Ends Hair Salon in Ballybofey.Others include Gerry McLaughlin, Angela McLaughlin, Caroline Henderson, Amanda McLaughlin, Patrick McLaughlin, Stephen McNamee and many others.The family have organised a number of events in a bid to raise funds for the fight against cancer. They will host a Coffee Morning & Blow Dry Day on Friday 23rd March from 9am – 5pm. All Blow Drys €10, No appointments needed. Contact Jenna @ Loose Ends Hair Salon 9130000 for more information.Meanwhile they will host a Charity Fun Night on Friday 23rd March @ 9pm. With wacky hair dyes, waxing, head shaves, music, craic & much, much more!!!!The event takes place at MacCumhaills GAA Bar, Ballybofey. Tickets €5 (available at door or by calling 0851027061.And if that wasn;t enough there will also be a Charity Bed Push on Saturday in Ballybofey at 1pm. Bucket collections all day in Ballybofey!ALL Proceeds will be donated to The Donegal Hospice. CANCER BATTLE GOES TO DONEGAL FAMILY’S HEADS! was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal hospicefundraiserlast_img read more