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Court orders Transport Authority to pay taxi owner $7.3 million in damages

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:18 PM

The Transport Authority has been ordered to pay the owner of a route taxi $7.3 million in damages plus legal costs.

Supreme Court Judge Courtney Daye made the award to St Catherine businesswoman Trecia Miller who had sued the Transport Authority in November 2009 seeking damages for negligence, loss of earnings and the cost of the motor vehicle.

Miller, who was represented by attorneys-at-law Dr Garth Lyttle and Renee Malcolm, argued that her motor vehicle was seized for almost eight years and was never returned by the Transport Authority.

The court heard that on August 28, 2009 a Transport Authority vehicle collided with the taxi which was being driven by Miller’s driver.

The wrecked vehicle was taken away.

The businesswoman said she made several visits to the Transport Authority to ascertain the location of her vehicle without success.

In handing down his ruling, Justice Daye said there was no evidence to indicate that the Transport Authority attempted to return the vehicle.

He also pointed out that there was wrongful interference and deprivation of Miller's personal property. 

The judge also found that it was the first defendant, Sheldon Lilly, who was an employee of the Transport Authority, who crashed into the claimant's motor vehicle and ordered that it be placed on a wrecker.