Judge Rules Rules The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Liable for US$75,000 in Damages in Questionable Land Deal – FrontPageAfrica
MONROVIA –Civil Law Court Judge Yamie Gbeisay imposed US$75,000 on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for damages and wrongful restraint against Joseph V. Gaye.
In a case involving the interstate domain, Gaye filed an eviction action against the defendant over the dependency of ownership of (2.5) acres of land located in Congo’s oldest city.
Report by Victoria G. Wesseh, Contributing Author
On Monday, the court ruled that the jury’s unanimous verdict in the trial should stand and affirm.
The Court added that the Defendant is hereby found liable, and the award of $750,000 in damages for wrongful withholding of the property of Joseph V Gaye is hereby affirmed.
The Court also added that under the superior title doctrine, where two grantors have the same grantor, the first purchaser wins.
The court added that since Gaye, the plaintiff, has established beyond dispute that he acquired the property in 1962, the court considers the plaintiff to have a superior deed.
The court also ordered the clerk to issue a writ of possession and deliver it into the hands of the sheriff to dispose of the defendant and the Joseph V Gaye group, the plaintiff.
It may be recalled that in 2018, the entry and occupation of part of the plaintiff’s land of two point five (2.5) acres of land by the defendant was challenged and demanded to cease all interference or activities on the property in question. by the plaintiff directors, but the defendant failed and refused to do so.