The Ministry of Works, with police escort, demolished a recent illegally built home in the shanty town known as the Mudd after the builder ignored stop work orders, finished building and moved in.
Both the woman responsible for the house being built along with three other residents of the Mudd were taken into police custody afterwards. They were all charged with throwing missiles and disorderly behavior and were remanded into custody.
William Krezel, Area Engineer for the Ministry of Works in Abaco, said the builder was issued two stop work orders which she disobeyed. This was followed by an eviction notice on January 14 giving her 48 hours to collect her belongings and leave.
Mr. Krezel said the woman asked him what could she do, as she had nowhere to live. He explained that the proper procedure is to speak to Social Services – which he said she refused to do.
On January 17 another eviction notice was given giving her a further 48 hours. The Ministry of Works set in place plans to demolish the home on January 22 but ran into problems securing a tractor to carry out the work. A week later on January 29 a tractor was secured, and accompanied by five police officers they proceeded to demolish the illegal home.
During the demolishing of the home a group of residents of the Mudd began throwing rocks at the officers and workers. The woman who was evicted was belligerent and as they were leaving the area she attacked Mr. Krezel jabbing her hand in his neck, back, & hip.
She, as well as three Haitians who were picked up later were taken into custody. According to Abaco’s Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry they were charged and remanded to her Majesty’s Prison in Nassau.