Businessman to sue over supplies controversy

Businessman to sue over supplies controversy

Businessman, Thomas Eugene, has vowed to sue over the presence of police, Customs and other officials on his  property yesterday.

The team was accompanied by Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph.

Joseph said they had gone to the Corinth property to recover supplies that were intended for St Jude Hospital.

However he said there had been ‘resistance’.

A warrant was later obtained and the supplies removed.

Thomas Eugene, who is Managing Director of Flooring Solutions Inc, told the Times in an interview from the United States  where he resides that he intends to litigate the matter to the fullest extent of the law.

He described the situation as being not only preposterous but malicious as well.

“There is absolutely no justification, there is absolutely no truth and there is no basis for this kind of action,” the Businessman asserted.

He told the Times that Guy Joseph and his “army of thugs” had descended on his property to create the impression that materials were hidden somewhere and could not be retrieved unless law enforcers were present.

“I would have thought that in 2016 our police officers would be a bit more responsible. How do you allow a Minister – as far as I am concerned a glorified bus driver, to drag you on someone else’s personal property without a warrant?” An impassioned Eugene stated.

“I said unless you have a warrant or a court order, nobody goes in there!” The Businessman declared.

He explained that as a result, they had to go and obtain a warrant.

Eugene said that Guy Joseph, whom he described as a hoodlum of a Minister, is not above the law.

He told the Times that the Minister left the premises at about 11 O’ clock last night, satisfied that everything they paid for was there and they signed as receiving it before leaving with the supplies.

Eugene said Joseph promised to let one of his surrogates to go on the media today and try to right the wrong.

“This is absolute nonsense,” he observed.

The Managing Director of Flooring Solutions Inc said initially, all he wanted was his outstanding rent from the authorities for storage of the supplies.

But Eugene told the Times that as a result of yesterday’s presence of the police, Customs and others – including Guy Joseph on his property, people in the area are now saying that it was a drug bust.

“My employees are now sufficiently embarrassed, so you will appreciate that the outstanding amount has now gone up – thanks to Guy Joseph,” the Businessman explained.

He would not be drawn on the sum he is seeking in compensation for impugning his character, but said there would be additional legal claims.

Eugene revealed that his company was contracted six years ago under the then United Workers Party (UWP) administration to supply and install the flooring for the new St Jude Hospital.

It was reported that due to delays in the project, Eugene did not get an opportunity to play his part but provided a warehouse service.

Eugene said that he would have never under any circumstances whatsoever, denied the government of Saint Lucia its property which has been in storage for over six years now.

He disclosed that he has continued to send invoices to the government regarding storage of the material.

“I would surprise you to know that I had to walk them through and tell them everything I had in storage,” the Managing Director of Flooring Solutions explained.

He said:

“Why would I not want to give you your material when I was the one who informed you that I was holding your material? Does it make sense?”

Eugene explained that as a result of storing the St Jude Hospital supplies, he was no longer able to  transact business at the Corinth site because there was no space to store anything.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply

    business man needs to stop ranting. and sue for your outstanding rent. you cannot use the items as ransom for your rent. you seem to be attacking the minister personally calling him names. but when you sue, I hope you can handle his defamation suit aswell. I mean you did have the items housed so they had a warrant and they obtained. your only cry is that they owe you rent. Then get your rent. But otherwise mr businessman, don’t be a ouss. you crying fowl for nothing boy.
    It seems you wanted the supplied to stay there and let Lucians suffer instead of getting the supplied for the hospital. ?

    1. global_iAM
      November 12, 2016 at 2:51 am Reply

      I advise you to read and understand the article before commenting.

  2. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    WAS a glorified bus driver but for about a decade a glorified Minister. everyone has a right to push themselves and excel, that’s why you became a business man and reside in the USA . you did not consider Saint Lucia a place to be because it is moving too slow for you nor did you say a glorified danse. expand your thinking people have the right to not be comfortable where they are that’s call goals and aspirations. good going Mr Joseph.

  3. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply

    But a local bank has interest in Flooring Solutions Inc and has put the property up for Judicial Sale. Will he sue the bank too?

  4. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Choops….tell mate go to hell…you in the US on your obama care and you hindering proper health care to st.lucians…the fat choking your brain eugene…1 word to mate MASH…doe come back

    1. Anonymous
      November 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply

      Wow jealous much you insipid bush negro

      1. global_iAM
        November 12, 2016 at 2:55 am Reply

        Must you insult someone to make a point?

    2. Anonymous
      November 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm Reply

      Now that’s a stupid comment, how is he hindering health, he did not hold up the project for 6 years. He has the right to seek his own care elsewhere, that’s a smart move.

    3. Anonymous
      November 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

      How come? He did not stall the project for 6 years. You too would seek alternative health care. Wise up.

  5. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Check the horns…..he has not live up to std. The jp who prepare document to people in the states….why is he in the states……

  6. Eagles Eye
    November 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm Reply

    You want to sue for finding the materials in your warehouse. You cannot be serious. This suing statement probably is made out of shame. You asked for a warrant to search, and they produced one. You also should be sued in turn for defamation of the minister’s character. You seem to have caca calbass in your brains. The only thing you can pursue is your rent. If there are others who support you they are just like you or worse. IT’s time to be fair and call a spade a spade.

  7. Eagles Eye
    November 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Stop your ranting. Is it because of shame for finding the materials in your warehouse that you propose to sue? You should be sued likewise for defamation of the minister’s character. You seem to have caca pool in your brains. Good Job MR. Minister. Don’t let anyone deter you for doing what you were elected to do.

  8. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm Reply

    You people are incredible. How much of the supplies that guy joseph recovered is going immediately into use? Isn’t it just going to sit somewhere else for however long.

    Why the police, why make it look like the previous administration hid the supplies in several warehouses?

  9. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Blame the irresponsible managers on the St Judes project. Had this project been excuted in a timely fashion the man would not be fighting to get paid today. He is entitled to shout or scream for this rent regardless of what you think of him. A minister has no place getting on the man’s property. Leave this to the law.

  10. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm Reply

    What goes around comes around.
    Hope you will be able to recover your rent monies to pay your long outstanding debts.
    Why did you run away anyway?

  11. John Williams
    November 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Let me understand this. You don’t pay your bills and you want access to your property. Then you forcefully enter the premises. Sounds very much like criminal trespass.

  12. concern citizen
    November 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm Reply

    Please put parties on a side an let’s think about our people an health

  13. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 12:34 am Reply

    I leave him for Trump

  14. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 4:49 am Reply

    Remember it is not over until the fat man sings.

  15. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply

    Political stunt!!!

  16. LB
    November 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Mr Eugene, there could have been another option for your storing the government goods on your property, more so, if they were not paying you the rent. Option: hand the goods back to them, and ADVISE them (some government officials can be a bit “po-pot-ty” in some circumstances) that they should house their materials on site. Give them the ultimatum, but still charge them for the rent they owe you – and stick to your guns!! Ultimatums work! (You taught me that). Don’t let them take you for pappyshow! The government slept on your generosity, and you slept on them allowing this to happen.

  17. Kent
    November 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm Reply

    This gentleman claims that he is owed 5 years rent.
    1.Did he send invoices and statements during those 5 years?
    2.If so, why was he not paid?The consultants and every Tom, Dick and Harry were.
    3. When did he notify the government that he was holding St. Judes stock? Before or after the audit was announced?
    4.Why wasn’t the goods held in the empty government free-zone buildings in Vieux Fort? After all they are in close proximity to the project and would have cost less in transportation and been rent free.
    5.Why are duty free items being kept in an unbounded warehouse?
    6. If the audit had never flagged these items what would have happened to them?
    7. What is the open market value of all the goods that were located at this premises?
    8. What does the rental contract state with regards to insurance and terms of the lease?

  18. Anonymous
    November 13, 2016 at 12:28 am Reply

    Too much politics in that. For those of you who does not know, there are two sides to a story. Get your facts before you make those silly comments. The ignorant would make more sense. If most of you are smart you would take my advice and shut the hell up when you know the real story. LET THERE BE PEACE IN THE VALLEY. LUCIAN!!!!!

  19. Anonymous
    November 13, 2016 at 12:32 am Reply

    Agreed 110%. We too quick to judge and always think we know everything. Get the facts.

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