Sad morning for senior citizen whose home is repossessed

As the sun rose this morning Luenda Mckree watched as court marshals arrived at her Howell’s Cross Road, Tichborne, St Michael home, piled her life’s possessions into plastic bags and loaded them onto an official Government lorry.

The 74-year-old has lived in the district for 48 years, but an outstanding financial debt has cost Mckree her home and property, as the Royal Bank of Canada repossessed them because she was unable to make the payments.

Court marshals loaded Luenda Mckree’s belongings onto this Government lorry to be transported to a storage unit.

Unwilling to speak to the media, Mckree remained inside talking to officials from the National Assistance Board (NAB) as they loaded her belongings onto the truck to be transported to a Government storage unit.

NAB Chairman David Durant and Senior Welfare Officer Theresa Hamilton oversaw the operation, with Durant expressing his disheartenment over the circumstances that had befallen the elderly woman, whose son is a pilot residing in the United Kingdom.

NAB Chairman Senator David Durant (left) said Luenda Mckree will receive temporary lodging at the Lancaster House transitional home in St James.

“It was heartbreaking to see this happen again to an elderly person . . . but there is nothing we can do but provide help for this elderly lady,” Durant said, while revealing that the retiree would receive temporary lodging at the Lancaster House transitional home in St James, as her family was unable to accommodate her.

He indicated that his major worry was the psychological state of the stunned Mckree.

“We are doing the best we can do now in trying to help in trying to make sure we put her somewhere and make sure she is comfortable . . . . This calls for counselling now to help her deal with the aftermath of losing your dwelling place,” he said.

“You have worked hard and build to make sure you relax comfortably in your old age; you work all your life and then it is easily taken away from you. It is not an easy thing for an elderly person,” Durant added.

The NAB Chairman also advised parents and elderly people to be careful when they sign loans on behalf of their charges.

“When you take out these loans, you have to be able to make sure to continue your payments, so I think I just want people to make sure to sit down and count their costs first,” he said.

10 Responses to Sad morning for senior citizen whose home is repossessed

  1. Carson C. Cadogan March 14, 2018 at 7:38 am

    This is the second time in about a year and a half that something like this has happen to an elderly woman.

    Both occasions a relative took out loans and used the properties as collateral and then refused to repay the Bank.

    This reminds me of people who take out loans with the student revolving loan fund and then refused to pay them back.

    And these people are in the evening of their days. Be very careful allowing people, especially relatives including children, to use your property as collateral.

  2. De Fish Man March 14, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Poor old lady the government is using their power of the court to remove her because she can’t pay her mortgage.
    This is sad indeed especially when this house will most likely just stay empty now & is susceptible to vandalism.
    What a waste shame on them…..!!!
    Especially when they can’t pay their debt….!! The debt created by their mismanagement of Barbados….!!
    How many downgrades …???
    22…..??? 23……..?? 24…….??
    How many months reserved of foreign exchange now…..???
    This is Why they too need to be evicted from Ilaro Court & Parliament in the same manner……!!!
    She definitely will not vote for Dem…!!
    Fruendel please vacate the residence your eviction notice is coming soon too……!!!

    • Kevin March 14, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Can you read? What a government has to do with this?

    • Anonymous March 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      You sound like an idiot

  3. Donild Trimp March 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    @De Fish Man:
    Are you some kind of an idiot? Where is the connection between mismanagement of Barbados and this woman not paying her outstanding financial debt to the Royal Bank of Canada?

    There is no connection whatsoever between the Gov’t of Barbados and this occurrence. You are just an ignorant un-informed yardfowl. Your name should be removed from the voting list. You have no common sense.

    I have no sympathy for this woman at all. This entitlement mentality exist throughout Barbados and to add insult to injury, this woman’s son is a Pilot who resides in the United Kingdom.

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. nanci March 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    the bank will let the house stay on the market for a long time, until someone can buy it. Sometimes relatives take out loans on their parents homes, without the parents knowledge, and none of her family members was not able to help take the house or buy it using the loan as the payment.

  5. nanci March 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    or take on the payment for the loan, and own the house, and then let the lady still live there. A child or family member shouldve done that.

  6. Smiles March 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    How can you get a loan on your parents or for that matter anybody’s house without documents being produced in the borrower’s name or the owner of the property signing documents. People so igrunt. This statement making me wonder if somebody take out a loan on my property. Please tell me where and how I can check out this thing before it is too late.

  7. Familyjanice March 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Oh Lord, how can we help her?

  8. Cecil P March 14, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    it’s very sad but have to pay you bank . the bank will give u a period time to pay and when that time is with no payment that’s when the bank will take the property back . and sell it for what is owed on it .someone would get it for a very good price


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