Winty finally laid to rest

Sandina Date of Grenlaw Chambers – successfully lead the arguments in court

Sandina Date of Grenlaw Chambers – successfully lead the arguments in court

A tomb built at the River Sallee Cemetery in St. Patrick’s for the body of Political Leader of the People’s United Labour Party (PULP) is now occupied.

The remains of Frederick were laid to rest on Monday after a High Court Judge ruled last week Thursday that he should be buried in his homeland.

Madam Justice Margaret Mohammad made the decision after two different set of Frederick’s children with different women could not agree on the final resting place for their 70-year old father.

The burial of the PULP Political Leader who died on September 24 was due to take place on October 11 but was blocked as a result of two court injunctions filed by the warring children.

The matter first came up for hearing last week Monday before Justice Mohammad at High Court Number Three, but after listening to arguments for about one hour the female judge sent the parties to mediation.

The children failed to agree on the place of burial for Frederick after two-and-a-half hours of Mediation last week Wednesday.

Winston Frederick Jn. – satisfied with the Judge’s ruling

Winston Frederick Jn. – satisfied with the Judge’s ruling

They had to re-appear before Justice Mohammad last week Thursday for a further one-hour-and-forty-five minutes of deliberation, and after fifty minutes of recess, the judge handed down her decision.

On October 9, an injunction was filed by Grenlaw Chambers on behalf of some of Frederick’s children seeking an order for another set of the children not to interfere with the Funeral Service and burial of the PULP Political Leader.

Two days later, on October 11, another set of children retained Justis Chambers to file a similar injunction.

Both injunctions sought to get the court to determine who have the right to determine Frederick’s final resting place.

Attorney-at-Law at Justis Chambers Gerald Douglas told reporters that the overwhelming factors of Justice Mohammad’s decision was that the PULP Political Leader was a public person, he lived a public life and there was great affection for him during his lifetime.

Frederick became a Member of Parliament in 1990 after winning the Constituency of St. Patrick’s East Seat and later to serve as the Deputy Speaker of the House.

Although respecting the court’s decision, Douglas said he disagrees with the judge’s decision since Frederick’s expressed wish was for him to be buried in New York in the United States next to his wife.

According to Douglas, while serving as a Parliamentarian, Frederick, in 1994, bought three burial plots at the Cyprus Hill Cemetery at Brooklyn, New York at the time that his wife of 26 years had succumbed to cancer.

“He always said from then, during his death that he wanted to be close to his wife,” he said.

Douglas disclosed that the ultimate issue with respect to the matter is not yet finished as a Fixed Date Claim that has been filed.

He said the issues are deeper than what the public, so far, is preview to.

“At centre of the issues are three children of Mr. Frederick who were all born within the marriage, but at some point in their lives they were adopted out,” he remarked.

Douglas said he believes the case will make another turn on the adoption issue when the matter is fully ventilated in the court.

The attorney stressed that the greater message everyone should take from the Frederick burial matter is to make a will stating their wishes so that when they depart this life there will be less disputes.