Eugene Clarke, Cooreville Gardens
The National Water Commission (NWC) made a backward connection from the Jamaica Public Service Company's (JPS) sewerage system on Spanish Town Road to the Cooreville Gardens sewage pump. This was done by breaking wall between us and laying pipes on our property.
The residents of Cooreville said an emphatic no to this, because it exacerbated our problems when the pump malfunctions. This is also a health hazard to residents.
Previous communication which was referenced in my letter to the editor on November 22, 2012 pointed to NWC as being culpable in effecting the connections.
At an early meeting with the new investigator at the Office of the Public Defender, I was told that he was informed that the policy of right of way provided the basis for the encroachment of pipes on our property.
On July 12, 2011, I had met with Mr Earl Witter, the public defender. The investigator told Mr Witter that he, the investigator, was waiting for a reply from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) pertaining to permission given to NWC for the connection. Mr Witter had the file in his possession and nothing of JPS doing the connection was mentioned.
In discussion with a senior member of the Office of the Public Defender, on October 19, 2011, I questioned the sending back of the case to the KSAC by the investigator. I was informed that the office can't take this type of case to court.
On January 27, 2012, the investigator claimed that NWC had said it was JPS that got permission from the KSAC. Speaking to him on other occasions, I let him know that he was trying to divert the case from his office by now saying that it was JPS, which is only 19.9 per cent government-owned.
I told him that I wasn't pleased with the action of the Office of the Public Defender.
My hope for justice was in Mr Witter. I called on June 26, 2013 and greeted him. I expressed my displeasure that the investigator was now saying the letter he had read to me stated that it was the JPS, and not the NWC, that executed the connection. I was shocked to see that reams of correspondence and multiple phone calls between April 14, 2009 and June 26, 2013 have achieved little.
I am in a state of despair. I was the one who recommended the Office of the Public Defender, although I was told that it was a waste of time and that it would frustrate me.
The same justice JPS and NWC get when we commit breaches against them is the same justice we citizens want. The Government must look into the operations of the Office of the Public Defender.