Linton to dispute bill of cost in libel case; describes matter as ‘political’

 

Linton described the matter as political
Linton described the matter as political

Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, said he will dispute a bill of cost in a defamation matter sent to him by attorneys representing Chartered Accountant, Kieron Pinard-Byrne.

He has described the matter as political.

On his Facebook page and speaking to the media on Sunday, Linton made his position clear.

“Mr Kieron Pinard-Byrne has submitted what we call a bill of cost, he’s claiming money. As the respondent, I have the right to react, to disagree,” he stated.

In a letter dated, April 21, 2016, attorneys for Pinard-Byrne, DeFreitas, DeFreitas and Johnson wrote to Linton demanding $340,926. 39 in the matter which started in the local courts and went all the way to the London-based Privy Council.

The letter stated that Linton should inform the attorneys no later than the 28th of April if he is in agreement with the costs.

On his Facebook page, Linton said the costs before the Privy Council are to be assessed by the Cost Clerk of the Privy Council if the parties do not agree on costs.

“The Court of Appeal costs are also to be assessed,” he wrote “I do not agree to the bill of costs presented by Pinard-Byrne and will file my points of dispute. Accordingly, on its completion of its assessment, the court (NOT, DeFreitas, DeFreitas and Johnson) will decide the balance to be paid after the February payment on account of 20,000 pounds.”

Following a delegate’s conference in Mahaut on Sunday, Linton also spoke on the matter.

“The court at the level of the Privy Council, in terms of the court’s clerk, will make a judgement on what is the final balance owed to Mr Pinard-Byrne; it’s not DeFreitas, DeFreitas and Johnson or Mr Pinard-Byrne. We await the outcome of that process,” he noted.

He stated he will comply with the process of the court but is unsure of the April 28 date outlined by the lawyers for Pinard-Byrne.

” I don’t trust their representations because they’re all political, they’re part of the Labour Party propaganda machine against me. I don’t know why lawyers would get involved in that but that’s what it is. That’s what it is,” Linton remarked.

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58 Comments

  1. Anon
    April 26, 2016

    Wow, that man must be a true Dominican hero/patriot. All this he has to pay for being ‘The Dominica WikiLeaks’. They say he exposed corruption in the failed multi million Layou project, then they say he proved gov’t gives friend almost a million dollars for garbage bins that never surfaced till he exposed it 18 months later, fertilizer etc. Wwow WikiLeaks, I can only imagine what will happen to Asange if they ever find him./

  2. the fly
    April 26, 2016

    Their is a saying Pm Skerrit make business, and Linton run business.

  3. Jill
    April 26, 2016

    if cost was awarded against him – who does he think has to pay the bill?

    and why does the court have to set the amounts in terms of disbursements fees etc. The lawyer can asks for cost and if costs are awarded then he will be given the lawyers fees.

    did his lawyer ask for a limit to be set on cost

  4. April 26, 2016

    Mr Linton and Mr Linton alone is responsible for his so call destruction. His tongue is his worst enemy.

  5. I don’t trust their representations because they’re all political, they’re part of the Labour Party propaganda machine against me.–News Article

    Lennox Linton Sir, that statement of yours above is weak; very, very weak. I am telling you that declaring an issue against you to be based on political partiality is not the answer to solving that issue, you have no proof of that declaration, hence you conflict will always continue to remain unsolved.

    That may be the reason you have so many omens of existence, walking behind and before you–you do not try to acknowledge when you are at fault, and to humble yourself, for no human being is perfect through attitude and conducts–but that has to be the only solution ever so often.

    No one will agree with the call to pay $340, 000.00 in penalty, but by simply saying it is political– the Labour Party propaganda” will do you no good! That untamed tongue of yours is the reason for your troubles in the first place.

  6. Preacher
    April 26, 2016

    Matt to the rescue
    Where are you

  7. love I
    April 26, 2016

    They trying tactics on you Lennox…do not worry, it’s all political…just pray and trust God

  8. Business Minded
    April 25, 2016

    If you did not pay him from the very first time as I suggested, his donkey would not be doing all what he has done. How the heck can this person be contracted to be involved in a hotel project that has produced nothing and he is being rewarded for it over and over again. This is the first time I wish Dominica was a parish in Jamaica… Not only would he pee nards, he would burn tires outta here. I suppose DNO will censor this one boy… I have faced many of these but “without struggle there is no progress.”: Frederick Douglass, US slavery abolitionist.

  9. Helas!
    April 25, 2016

    I am not a party suporter, I think this kind of system does more harm to Dominica than it does good, but Pinard can get lost , you will not go to prison or lose your house if we can help it . Let him boil in anger.
    My contribution is waiting!!!!

    • mosquito 1
      April 26, 2016

      Helas! ,what kind of system would you like ,if a person keeps saying nasty things about you with no prove to back it up would you like it? You would be running to your lawyer to sue that person for as much as you can get, no harm is being done to Dominica, just a fool doing harm to his self and expect more fools like you to feel sorry for him.

  10. True Politics
    April 25, 2016

    If linton did not consult his lawyer before talking that bull, he is a real
    the costis based on presidency.
    if the privy council do not agree with him he will have additional costs

    He lost on all points why does he think that the privy council will rule in his favour?
    There is presidence for that type of cost.

  11. Face the Facts
    April 25, 2016

    When you make such statements as “it is political,” you must prove it. It is all in your mind.
    Have you forgotten it is a high profile case? Court and lawyers’ fees cost an exorbitant sum. First of all, wherever they traveled, to and from the hearing is also taken into consideration including hotel costs and other relevant costs. All add up.
    Linton cannot afford to pay that amount. He is playing for time. He had to come up with an excuse to delay paying and to try to get a loophole of not paying or to decrease the cost.
    Think twice in future prior to opening your mouth. This has proven to be expensive. It is not the people who are in hot water but you. They do not have the anxiety of paying. You do. You have to find the money to pay the costs. They do not. This is the price of the power of the tongue.

  12. bigger
    April 25, 2016

    The Labour Party had nothing to do with this case is Linton’s arrogance that land him in hot water. This guy believes he has the answer for everything he thinks that he knows the law even though he didn’t finish school so his acolytes will continue to bail him off. There are more cases pending and judging by the law of averages he will have to cuff up some serious money. Linton will try to destroy anyone who steps on his toes including Pastors Bishop the Judiciary you name them. Mr Buryne is laughing all the way to the bank

    • mosquito 1
      April 26, 2016

      Bigger ,well said i could not have agreed more some people just can’t learn and so are his performing monkeys.

  13. Salop
    April 25, 2016

    Dominicans crying things hard…let these broke politicians grab DA little purse.zour fini bat.

  14. Doc. Love
    April 25, 2016

    If you want to kill a snake is to cut off the head. I am not accusing Mr. Linton of being a snake. It is just an analogy used to show the desperation of Skeritt, Tony, Aaron and the DLP to try to get rid of Mr. Linton. Skeritt has tried, he failed. Tony, Aaron and all his Labor supporters put together, they have failed. Pinard Bryne’s time has come, he will also fail. It appears, they have teamed up with Joshua, he too will fail. Do Dominicans really believe this letter of cost sent to Mr. Linton on the eve of Joshua’s firing was a coincidence, if you believe that, think again. Ask yourselves, why is it Tony and his gang have shown more interest in Joshua’s firing then Joshua himself. Why is it the other two men are hardly mentioned although they are in the same jewboom. The one man that is standing between Skeritt and Dominicans in terms of his alleged corruptive practices, his total effort to economically destroy Dominica is Mr. Lennox Linton.

    • the fly
      April 26, 2016

      Doc.love, you are a sick rat and that is being nice to you, if you were in London you would have been sanction a long time ago.

  15. DA4REAL
    April 25, 2016

    When are Dominicans going to stop playing politics and unite for the development of this small island? Why is Lennox always in the spotlight?when is he gonna stop play journalism and start acting as a responsible elected official? How has he helped his constituents…? How has he helped the developmental process? What are his plans for making Dominica better? These are some of the questions I wud like answered by him rather than all the negativity surrounding him constantly.

  16. H
    April 25, 2016

    Dominicans all u want to kill linton for a foregiener ,,,,even if u all doh like Linton….I am not his fan either but I not killing him for a foregiener.

    • April 25, 2016

      Foreigner or not it was found by the courts that he had slandered the man’s reputation, for that he has to pay. Mr. Linton is still in a fighting mode after he has lost the battle and the war, he continues to spin the issue trying to make it political. The government or the Labour Party did not sue Linton, it was a private citizen. The government or the Labour Party did not determine the guilt of Linton it was the courts including the Privy Council, there was not one Labour Party appointee on the Privy Council.

    • Discombobulated
      April 26, 2016

      What does bring a foreigner have I do with it? Wrong is wrong. So if you go to the USA for example. And the police brutalise you while you are merely walking down the street. Would you not take them to court because you’re a, ammm “foreigner”? The eyes of the law should not have boundaries in terms of nationality. With that said, LL should be careful with his words. You cannot spew things that you do not have evidence to. You open yourself up. I personally think the bill is huge. But considering how it dragged on and all the different levels of appeals, tt might actually be accurate. LL should have considered all of those costs when he continued to fight on. He would know he’s have been liable to repay those fees. Now, he should have considered whether it wasn’t worth just saying in the very first case, u know what, I’m wrong, I have zero evidence to support the claim even if I think it’s true. Hear say won’t fly in court. It’s evidence. And that’s where he was slightly a…

  17. School child
    April 25, 2016

    Pay them in quarters alone and let your brother carry them to their office on his head and don’t forget for him to curse them too, because this is your set standard of paying court fee. It’s a new way called the political way.

    • Floridian Diaspora
      April 25, 2016

      You call yourself school child but I wonder if you’re really in school or you’re prostituting yourself on the side???

  18. True Dominican
    April 25, 2016

    Why should you? Be a Nelson and go to prison and perhaps when you get out you will become Prime Minister of Dominica.

  19. d-a born
    April 25, 2016

    No worries, his followers will help him out again. I’m tired of Linton, Skerrit and the rest of those so-called leaders. The country isn’t making progress while these guys just have the place like a circus. Even worse is the fact that they’re doing all that because they have support from people.

    • indira Ghandi
      April 25, 2016

      This is too much now.
      There must ve a reason why they are try I ng to destroy nr. LINTON.
      mr Linton,may God almighty strengthen you.

      Do Dominicans really want to see that man destroy their own?
      Why wont this Keiron just leave our country.
      i hope he does not live to destro Mr. Linton

  20. Floridian Diaspora
    April 25, 2016

    That’s it Mr. Linton, you know how to handle yourself. To all the broke laborites who come on here saying that if the country is broke, why are we contributing to Linton’s cause? Here’s a thing for you. In case you all haven’t noticed, it’s mostly laborites that are poor in Dominica. You guys are the ones who are broke. You all voting Skeritt and you don’t even know why you all are voting him. According to some of you escalating donkeys, you all are voting him in “just like that” so stay broke and be happy. Stay on the side and shut your traps while you witness our contributions. We have money and Linton will get when he needs it. It looking like the country broke when all you need to say it is and prospering when all you need it to be. Liars

    • forreal
      April 25, 2016

      when you have made a contribution diasspora post a receipt so we all can see,till them you need to keep your trap shut,dam forward on the outside looking in,can’t come to vote because linton said so clown,blind leading blind,make a meaningful contribution as a whole,not to a politicktion,it’s you who is the donkey’s behind

      • forreal
        April 25, 2016

        politricktions got u all one way

    • Funny
      April 25, 2016

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: This is the funniest comment I have read so far. Was a poll conducted to determine who are the poorest in Dominica? LOL

    • Tom Brown
      April 26, 2016

      Die ass poor You just making a fool of yourself over and over again. Why you doh just zip it. All you got to do if labourities poor and UWP have money why you doh just pay the fees for him. fool

      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 26, 2016

        Stupidee, did you forget that we collected money for him a few times before? It will be done again if necessary. Plus your government making you all even poorer by contracting Bajans to build their bridge.

    • mosquito 1
      April 26, 2016

      FLORIDIAN Diaspora, You are so stupid I love you every time you open your mouth it’s like a scarp yard out of it ,i don’t know what to think of it answer on a shit paper please.

      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 26, 2016

        “You don’t know what to make or think of it” because you brain is made out of acid. Like your named suggest, you’re just a mosquito #0 that needs to get squashed. Enough said

  21. viewsexpressed
    April 25, 2016

    Thanks Hon. Linton for the clarification. The focus should be on Dominica and why are we in deep poverty, with serious lack of vision by this Skerrit lead DLP corrupt government. We, with your vision and leadership, and fortitude will continue to support the plight for decency in government as we remember the Layou Rover Hotel, Bin Bobol, Fertilizer Bobol, Passports’ fiasco etc etc etc.. the list is as long and thief in the night.
    Bless you and family Sir.

    • Face the Facts
      April 25, 2016

      You are implying that Linton has done something good for Dominica? Tell us what it is.
      The amount of money Linton paid for the libel suit, much of it could have been given to the poor, whether DLP or UWP.supporters. When you critique, think twice and even more.

    • god way
      April 26, 2016

      Linton said the costs before the Privy Council are to be assessed by the Cost Clerk of the Privy Council if the parties do not agree on costs. ok so don’t pay it in EC lol

  22. A
    April 25, 2016

    I am honestly extremely tired of Skerrit, Linton, UWP and DLP. There are serious issues which need to be addressed at the grassroot level and all this bickering is getting us nowhere. To this day, Linton has yet to connect with the people. Yes, electoral reform and the economic citizenship program need to be address but the electorate would respect him if he spoke more on topics that impact our lives everyday. For instance, Marigot needs a community centre, a well-equipped hospital and more assistance for farmers and fishermen etc but I am yet to hear him advocate on our behalf. He came for our votes and left us hanging. He still operates like a journalist, all talk and no action. Skerrit is giving to young farmers and village councils everywhere, but Marigot that has so much agricultural potential is last on the list, if at all. Where are the other ministers, besides Darroux and Tonge? We should be getting monthly updates from them.

    • Ryan
      April 25, 2016

      Do you really think if he advocated on Marigot’s behalf for farmers, hospital, etc. Skerrit would just hand over the funds. Skerrit is supposed to be doing for the entire country and he’s not, so how exactly is that Lennox’s fault. By now you should know he’s not going to listen to Lennox and Lennox shouldn’t have to beg for things to be done in Marigot, it should be done because it’s the government’s responsibility. But Marigot doesn’t support Labar so it won’t happen, that’s just the way this government operates, support me or you suck salt!!

      • Thomas
        April 25, 2016

        And why shouldn’t Lennox beg for things to be done in Marigot? He wouldn’t swallow his pride and humble to beg on behalf of the people he is being paid to represent but he will beg them for money to save his tail? Wise up!

    • country woman
      April 25, 2016

      Lennox have talk and no action, what action you want to see, he in government? if S have action you should outline them. giving giving giving personally is action?

  23. Concern citizen
    April 25, 2016

    Truly it’s a LABOUR PARTY propaganda that’s going on there but who laugh last laugh the best!
    You see Mr Skerrit knows how he became the pm of D/ca but what he don’t know is how he will live that position that’s the sad thing about it!

    • Face the Facts
      April 25, 2016

      “leave”

    • Face the Facts
      April 25, 2016

      No one knows from second to second what will happen to them. So think of yourself.

    • Tom Brown
      April 26, 2016

      Every body will leave what ever position at some time or another. So what is your point. Eddo though he would be there for ever but just did for 5 years.

      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 26, 2016

        Skeritt thinks he’s going to be there for 50 years. Let’s see how that goes.

  24. smdh
    April 25, 2016

    Im not supporting Labour or Labourites either. Time for the country to WORK and stop asking and begging for something for free. Sell the damn country if all of all you dont know what to do with it man! or step aside and let others who have sound plans that make sense have a go at it.

  25. thoughtful
    April 25, 2016

    Once again Mr. LInton, unless someone sings your tune, they are political. I guess they were given receipts of cost by Mr. Byrne.
    You should not always play the political victim, but you must ask yourself a question. “Am I infallible”

  26. Concern Citizen
    April 25, 2016

    Stop crying like a baby and pay up. There goes your level of arrogant again and again.

  27. forreal
    April 25, 2016

    now again you are still pushing a conspiracy theory,accusing the labour party,was it not this that got you in trouble in the first place,your mouth,you stated in one phrase it’s the courts clerk who determines what is duelly owed,then why are you pointing fingers,you could be dead wrong,anyway you are your own man,battle your demons brother,i know silent is key,we will all wait and see

  28. lol
    April 25, 2016

    Boy Linton has a lot of jokes. I think they need to bring mister to check his heard.

    • Face the Facts
      April 25, 2016

      “head” :lol:

  29. Dominican
    April 25, 2016

    Quite right mr. Linton.

  30. April 25, 2016

    Mr. Linton I would suggest that you leave it for your legal adviser to handle take yourself away until your lawyer tell you other wise after all you a just playing there games and I know you are a very smart individual. We have a lot more issues for you and you team to deal with I know you didn’t have much time to make open comment about the contract given to the company in Barbados and our people and companies in Dominicans are pushed aside, We know it was a difficult week end for you and the team but the high Officers in the party will handle that too, you have supporters and the party will stay strong there plan didn’t work so don’t fall for it now just move on there is work to be done.

    • Face the Facts
      April 25, 2016

      I think his advisor as his attorney informed him to make that statement, of disputing the cost. I do not think he would have done so without legal advice.

  31. real possie
    April 25, 2016

    This guy never cease to amaze me. Was it not political when you defamed the man name? The Privy can’t tell the man his lawyers charging to much, had he lost the case that’s the money he would have to pay, or shall I say he pay. Your brother went and made such a big show in these people office not knowing there’s more money to pay, why not say that’s the reason why? You had your people disrespect the people by paying in coins, now you’re crying, well when you go back to the privy is more money again.

    • indira Ghandi
      April 25, 2016

      All you too wicked

    • kewl
      April 26, 2016

      Which Privy? Why did caricom lobbied to get out under the Privy Council? What is good for the goose is good for the gander, let the man talk after all it’s about him.

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