A High court Judge on Thursday remitted Jacqueline Theodore, a former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, to 10 days in jail for contempt of court.
That’s because she failed to adhere to a court’s decision as the personal representative of the estate of her late husband, Ferdinand R. Theodore.
She had won a large sum of money from the Government of Dominica in a land matter but she is now embroiled in another court battle, with her daughter, Farah Jackie Theodore, who wants 1/6th of the amount as her share.
Farah Jackie is asking the court for an “injunctive and other interim relief” in the matter. She wants Jacqueline Theodore, as personal representative of Ferdinand Theodore, to pay over to her “the sum of $100,000 as an interim payment towards her 1/6th share of the estate/trust money that the respondent has in hand, that is to say monies received for and on behalf of the Estate of the deceased Ferdinand R. Theodore.”
Farah Jackie also sought an order thereafter freezing all bank accounts held by the respondent for the Estate of Ferdinand R. Theodore, if existent and in her own name, until full account of the entire Estate is given.
That Order was granted and filed on January 31, 2014. The court ordered that Farah is to be paid immediately 1/6th of $1,210,757 received by the executor and trustee, i.e. $201,792.83.
But Theodore disobeyed the order and lawyer for Farah Jackie Theodore, Henry Shillingford, filed contempt of court proceedings.
The court documents show that the Court of Appeal awarded compensation payable to Theodore, in the government land matter, as follows: loss of timber $1,377,600; cost of reforestation $169,950; crop damage $21,500.00: total $1,569,050.
Eventually, the Government agreed to pay the amount plus interest.
Lennox Lawrence is the lawyer for Jacqueline Theodore.