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Injured former employees seek court order declaring China Harbour bankrupt

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 5:35 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Reporter

Two former workers of China Harbour Engineering Company  (CHEC) have filed a motion in the Supreme Court seeking to have the entity declared bankrupt.

The motion was filed on their behalf by their attorney, John Jacobs.

The development follows CHEC's failure to pay out close to $10 million awarded to the men in separate lawsuits against CHEC.

Barrington Wollaston, a labourer, and Tomoy Williams, a truck driver, both 38 years old of Claremont, St Ann addresses, had sued CHEC for negligence after they were injured in two incidents on April 8 and October 18, 2015 while employed to the Chinese company.

CHEC did not contest the lawsuits, and last month, the Supreme Court ordered that it pays $6 million to Wollaston and $3.8 million to Williams.

According to court documents obtained by The Gleaner, attorney, John Jacobs, complained that "the defendant has failed, refused and/or neglected to pay the debt".

As a result, Jacobs said the company committed "an act of bankruptcy... namely, the defendant ceases to meet its liabilities generally, as they become due".

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