Parris lawyers and St John woman differ over daddy claim
She is listed in the latest judicial manager’s report “as Leroy Parris’ daughter”.
However, lawyers for the embattled former chairman of CLICO International Life (CIL) today dismissed the claim as mere rumour, while seeking to set the record straight on Parris’ relationship with Anne Leacock and another Lemon Arbour, St John resident, which the report listed as “Leroy Parris’ father-in-law”.
Pointing out that the Register of Births at the Barbados Registration Department had no such record of Mrs Leacock’s paternity, Parris’ attorneys said the description of her as Parris’ daughter was “particularly mischievous”.
They also sought to make it clear that Dennis Leacock was not “Leroy Parris’ father-in-law”, while pointing out that their client “as recorded in the Registry of the Supreme Court, Barbados, is married to Mrs Faye Wharton-Parris, whose father is Mr Valance Wharton”.
“We deplore this deliberate attempt to use the privilege provided by the court proceeding to disseminate misinformation that might reflect adversely on our client,” said the attorneys, who also took issue with the judicial manager’s claim that “Ms Leacock may have also purchased Lot 28 of the Lem Green development”.
“It is most disturbing that even though the forensic inquiry provided no evidence upon which the judicial manager could rely, an adverse imputation was still made. The fact is that the said lot was conveyed to Mrs Leacock’s mother, Mrs Thelma Taylor, who lived on that lot with her husband, now deceased, by Todds Estate under the Tenantry Freehold Purchase Act, long before the estate became the property of one of CHBL’s subsidiaries,” Parris’ lawyers said.
However, when a Barbados TODAY team visited Leacock’s home this evening, the 52-year-old woman said as far as she was concerned, she was Leroy Parris’ daughter.
Her mother also confirmed that her daughter Anne was Parris’ first born, even though there may be no evidence of paternity.
“It was such a long time ago, I can’t remember if it is included on the birth certificate,” Taylor added.
Leacock, who operates a business known as The Village Bar, which is located a few yards away from her home, also complained bitterly that she had become a victim of the CLICO mess.
“I have a business here and people are walking and telling me things. People are threatening me and all sort of things concerning this CLICO thing. I do not like it,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“Put the shoe on your foot and you would understand how I feel,” she continued, saying “I work for myself all during my life with the help of my mother. I came through life working, nothing to do with CLICO. How come all of a sudden I am involved in this situation? she asked.
“It is stupidness . . . I do not know what it is all about. It is nothing to do with me and CLICO. I have nothing that belongs to CLICO,” she said, while revealing that she had been trying to purchase land from CLICO since 2010.
Leacock, who started to work at the age of 18 at Golden Florists and later Victoria Florist, was adamant that she had nothing to hide.
She told Barbados TODAY that she later operated a canteen with her husband Dennis at Ellerslie Secondary School before starting her current food business in her mother’s garage before opening her shop at Lemon Arbour, St John.
As for her property, she said the land on which her home was located was her grandfather’s.
After he died, she said her mother took it over.
“It was bought from Todds Estate, nothing to do with CLICO,” she insisted.