Poor Chris!

Rolling Hills property definitely not his, assures homeowner

She has never even voted in an election here; doesn’t really know who Chris Sinckler is, and simply abhors being in the spotlight. Yet the Trinidadian financial consultant Karen-Ann Gardier that actually owns the home has found herself at the centre of a domestic political firestorm, with general elections around the corner.

Over the past month in particular, a distinctive photograph of her Rolling Hills, St George home has been circulating on social media, amid allegations that the property is valued at $2.5 million and belongs to the embattled Minister of Finance, much to the dismay of the reserved Trinidadian homeowner.

“It’s madness,” she told Barbados TODAY this morning, while expressing amazement that the unsubstantiated rumours were now even being discussed at the highest level in the country, with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart accusing the Opposition of starting the vicious cycle – a charge which the Barbados Labour Party has vehemently denied.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has been wrongly identified as the owner the adjacent property.

However, the homeowner, who can hardly tell Sinckler and the BLP’s Dale Marshall apart, explained that she has only been living here for the past nine years and that the photograph that has gone viral “is actually an old picture” of her home, “which means that somebody deliberately dug up an old picture of my house and decided to create gossip
with poor Mr Sinclair [Sinckler], whoever this may be”.

The former CLICO Trinidad finance director, who has been living here since 2009 but has no plans of voting in the next elections due here by the middle of next year, said: “I worked hard all of my life . . . and I got myself a house.

“And I never even imagined this house to be anything so big and beautiful. It was just a house that I asked my architect to design and he even managed the project and this is the house he built.

“I lived in Trinidad while it was being built, so really and truly there is no story here, absolutely none, other than somebody who worked hard, built a house and it came out cute.”

The financial consultant, who does not like being in the limelight and gently refused to share photographs of herself to accompany this story, also pointed out that the property, which was built nine years ago, “isn’t even in that great condition anymore”.

Still the old image of her home in pristine condition has gone viral and despite numerous efforts by the homeowner and her family members to have the image removed from social media, it keeps coming back up again and again, with her home also a major discussion point on at least one local gossip site.

“I went on there and I said, ‘This is my house people’, because people were posting negative comments about how they were coming to snoop and all of that and I was like, ‘well, what the hell?’

“I’m just some quiet lady, living quietly in the background of life and so I wrote on Naked Departure, ‘This is my house, please take it off of your website’. I don’t know if it has been taken off but that’s how this whole thing just went viral, which is the curse as well as the beauty of social media.”

Gardier made it clear that her home was not presently up for sale.

And while she does not know Sinckler personally, she feels the need to defend him from what she says is nothing short of a blatant lie.

“I mean why would people take it upon themselves to create a lie in order to create negative feelings about this Sinclair [Sinckler] person, because I see on Naked Departure, people are making negative comments, but why? You people voted him into power, so what is the complaint now?” she asked, adding that “when they vote someone else in they are going to be complaining again, so I just think it is a really sad state of affairs”.

Sinckler is yet to speak out in his own defence on the matter. However, the Prime Minister told a ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting at The Alexandra School on Sunday night, the latest controversy was proof of a BLP smear campaign being waged against members of his Government, as he challenged the Opposition party to prove that Sinckler owns the home by taking the media to the site.

“Rolling Hills is not invisible. You don’t have to catch a plane to go to Rolling Hills. You can catch a bus and go there, you can drive there by car and some people in St George can walk there,” Stuart told DLP supporters.

“Name the day and the time when they will all meet at Rolling Hills, St George and when they will point Barbadians . . . and people from other parts of the Caribbean to that $2.5 million house that was built by the Minister of Finance. Stand up and tell journalists and tell people of the Caribbean ‘that is the house, and it was built by so-and-so, and it is owned by Chris Sinckler,’” he said, adding that he would drop national duties to be present at the given time.

The BLP has sought to distance itself from accusations, with Marshall, the Member of Parliament for St Joseph, assuring in a press release yesterday that the “post has nothing whatsoever to do with the BLP [and that] the circulation of such stories on social media is not, and has never been, a BLP strategy.

“The Prime Minister seems to forget that members of the BLP are also victims of such attacks and allegations. These anonymous posts which are intended to damage are in bad taste and a blight on public discourse. The BLP would never be a part of that,” Marshall said.

While stating that she had no clue who was behind the false allegations surrounding her home, the homeowner said she was simply anxious to have it all go away.

“I just want this stopped. It would be nice for this gossip to stop, because that is all it really amounts to  – gossip,” she told Barbados TODAY, while stressing that “I don’t know anything about Chris Sinclair [Sinckler] and I am not a political person”.

48 Responses to Poor Chris!

  1. Dawn-Marie Rawlins
    Dawn-Marie Rawlins November 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    This story has me good because up to last week this house was listed on the Carib list website for sale at 2.5million dollars describing the marble floors and all. So was the agent who listed it with pics and all lying as well??? Clico executive??? How can you be living here for 9 years and not know the MOF??? This whole story is an insult to my intelligence.

  2. Eleanor Maxine Harewood
    Eleanor Maxine Harewood November 21, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    i dont know who house it is , but it nice, very nice, i wont mind living in there myself , wow

  3. Dawn-Marie Rawlins
    Dawn-Marie Rawlins November 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    House still listed but now at 2.6million dollars. So are the three agents who have it listed committing fraud? Seeing that the owner says it’s never been up for sale? I am sick and tired of all these stories.

  4. Sonjeine Corbin
    Sonjeine Corbin November 21, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Hmmmm…..story just ain’t adding up something fishy going on!!!

  5. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford November 21, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    When will somebody do something with that blasted naked departure

  6. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor November 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Lady.. Forgive us… But bajans too love gossip, especially if it’s about d rulng party…. We are sorry… Really we are!

  7. Wahid Oldgirliegirl
    Wahid Oldgirliegirl November 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Hum hum God is watching us from a distance

  8. Roslyn Bolden
    Roslyn Bolden November 21, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    bajan too love a gossip smh

  9. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis November 22, 2017 at 12:02 am

    One thing, you must love the picture that accompanies this article.

  10. Mandark November 22, 2017 at 12:31 am

    A professional Living in Bim since 2009 and don’t know the MOF? Wheel and come again

    • Kevin November 22, 2017 at 1:05 am

      I work with professionals from other isles. Some pay no attention to politics at all, they dont have a clue.

  11. Saga Boy November 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Some BLP supporters so much want the story to be true they still are not willing to accept the truth.

    • straight talk November 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Only the BLP supporters? both you and the prime minister got a problem and wunna got it wrong.

  12. archy perch November 22, 2017 at 3:42 am

    The crooked Barbados Labour Party and its subservient supporters eagerly swallow the evil pie they are served daily,with the grand buffet at BrassTacks. Their minds get saturated with the heated lies and fake news – the atoms of which are so charged, that the heated substance melts ones brain,therefore causing an inability to think and decipher clearly for oneself.Yes Saga Boy, I agree that some BLP supporters so much wish the house story connection to Sinckler was true. And that pathetic response by the rascal representative from St. Joseph yesterday was off the wall. I could not believe it. But then again these people are willing to live with the lie that someone is a qualified lawyer when they are not…SMH.

  13. honest November 22, 2017 at 5:22 am

    As i am here typing, that property is listed on Cariblist for 2.6 million dollars. Something is amiss here. Either the Trini lady is lying or I’m not seeing correctly. This is damage control by the DLP.

    • charjoy November 22, 2017 at 6:15 am

      You mean Trini woman….what lady what?

  14. Sheron Inniss November 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Ha ha ha

  15. Greengiant November 22, 2017 at 7:00 am

    @honest: This is damage control for stupid Barbadians who just live daily for gossip. We need to take a serious look at who we really are.

    We have become the clowns of caribbean politics, becoming the clowns of caribbean history, caribbean productivity, and probably in the next century caribbean illiteracy. Our youth are not making use of their years at school, and we have become slaves to social media. Our people don’t want to vote, but non barbadians are taking to the courts for their right to vote.

    We are more focused on the B L P and D L P than what is actually happening, has happened, and will happen if we return any of these two parties to office again. If we examine even the events stated on social media over the last ten years we will see the
    B L P being accused in 2007 – 2008 of exactly what the D L P is being accused of now. Let the media houses republish political reporting between 2007 – 2008 from parliament, and the then opposition. You will think they’re now photocopying news.

  16. harry turnover November 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

    A FINANCIAL consultant and don.t know who the MINISTER of FINANCE is ????’
    YOUR house is LISTED as UP FOR SALE and you say IT IS NOT FOR SALE ????

  17. Saga Boy November 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

    @archy. These people so pathetic it is a prayer. Why is it impossible for someone to be living in Barbados and not know who the MOF is or to have their house listed with Agents for sale? Why would someone lie about owning a home and BT not check their facts before publishing?

    • Randolph November 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

      She is not a Trinidadian living in Barbados,she is a FINANCIAL
      CONSULTANT living in Barbados 9 years and does not know the MOF.This does not make sense and whoever is using her services would have to be just as ignorant as she.

  18. Mark Adamson November 22, 2017 at 7:06 am

    It is very disgusting that there are some BLP scavengers who – in a frenzy and tizzy – have been flitting – from various nooks and crannies across the country – in desperate search for the garbage and stink of certain other political people to strew around in public; even if it has meant falsely accusing some people of owning garbage that they never owned.

    That is how desperate these BLP scavengers are to see their party win an election based on UNTRUTHS, HOAXES and SCAMS!!

    But the vast majority of the Barbadian electorate know better than to allow such foolishness to happen.

    However, what these BLP scavengers must have first done though is to have first reported to Mottley and find out what nasty smelly rotten garbage she has been keeping in her home and ask for it to be taken out.

    I distinctly remember – when I was living in Carters in St. John, how before the 2008 – they were rumours circulating that a particular gorgeous looking house just above Newbury in St.
    George, on top of an incline and affording persons a lovely panaromic view across the south and south-west of Barbados
    – had belonged to David Thompson.

    But, it has to be told that at no time – when such rumours were circulating – did I see Thompson or any of his family, vehicles, any way near the house during or after its construction.

    I quickly put out the false notion after first hearing it and whenever some persons had brought it to me I drenched them with severe questioning until they backed off.

    Later it became known that the house was owned by one of the Power brothers.

  19. Mark Adamson November 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

    there were rumours**

  20. Ras November 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Barbados lying Party Propaganda machinery working 24/7
    All thee Sodomites working over time

  21. Patrick November 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Dawn Marie has issues

  22. fedup November 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Next ting she gine say she int know dee PM Stuart!

  23. roger headley November 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You DLP die-hard real funny though, go to the Carib list website and see that the house is for sale. You mean something as simple as that you refuse to do because you support the DLP.
    Support of a party = Gross Myopia

  24. Angela November 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

    It is one thing to think you are out front with a campaign to win an election,but a campaign based on lies will backfire. My advice to both parties. Deal with the developmental and recovery issues. Look at reforming the political and economic system for ensure our sustainable development

  25. Ric November 22, 2017 at 9:26 am

    CLICO Trinidad finance director – I find this interesting.

  26. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

    hehehehehehehehehe btw chris ain’t poor

  27. smiles November 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Look that Carib list site has over 5500 properties, can anyone highlight the reference number. You would have to know where to look to find this, put up or shut up.

  28. honest November 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

    @ smiles. Here is the evidence:(Property ID: 40289).
    Go to Cariblist, either type in the property number above or type “rolling hills” and it is on the 3rd page.

  29. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 11:34 am

    DLP Consortium Propaganda Arm complaning about lies and propaganda ?

    The DLP, as far back as Cammie , mastered the art .

    NO TRICKS IN 76 was a slogan against the DLP. in the 1976 Elections

  30. Kathy November 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    But wait a minute though. Why is this house an issue. Is it that Mr. Sinkler is not allowed to go to the bank and get himself a mortgage and build whatever house it is he wants, just like everyone else. What is it that Barbados really coming to. Have we gone back to the days of slavery where blacks were not allowed to own anything of consequence. Come on people, put politics aside and look and the full picture.

  31. Gsmiley November 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hinest it doesnt mean that she hasnt changed her mind and that it is yet to be removed form cariblist.

    Even so whose business is it anyway?

    Man you all ppl really need to find something to do.

  32. charjoy November 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Yeah he cud buy wuh he want but we just don’t trust him so show us the mortgage documents. We put him there and we want answers..it’s that simple. Cause as it is stands right now, the horse leading the tail… That is why we need integrity legislation so that politicians like poor Chris would not be accused wrongfully…….

  33. Carson C Cadogan November 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    The crooked Barbados Labour Party is cock sure that they will win next elections, yet the members and supporters are dipping into to the gutters of Barbados to find filth to use against the Democratic Labour Party.

    This gutter politics which is being use by the crooked Barbados Labour Party is really disgusting to say the least.

    But it will not work, the voting public of Barbados at the next elections will vote in numbers large enough to make sure that the DLP is returned to office.

  34. Kathy November 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Why would he have to show you documents or anybody else for that matter. What business is it of yours. Call him out to show documents concerning public affairs not his private business. Would you want to be treated this way?

  35. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    wait CLICO………hmmmmmmmmm in the same sentence as

  36. honest November 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    @ Gsmiley. I was simply providing evidence as someone had asked to for some reference to the property. I simply do not care to whom the property belongs.
    Anyway, I suspect that for bajans, no one cares if Mr. Sinckler owns the property or not, I reckon it was the inclusion of Mark Maloney in the picture which left a bad taste. I suspect there is distrust of Mr. Maloney.

  37. Helen Juanita Lynch November 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    No comment:

    @Barbados today “The financial consultant [Karen-Ann Gardier] who does not like being in the limelight and gently refused to share photographs of herself to accompany this story, also pointed out that THE PROPERTY WHICH WAS BUILT NINE YEARS AGO, “isn’t even in that great condition anymore”.”

    @Cariblist https://www.cariblist.com/property_detail?id=40289&for=sale&CCode=BB
    This 4,890sq.ft. property is still quite fresh, JUST UNDER 2 YEARS OLD, and with the added value of being sold fully furnished, is an ideal investment.

  38. Helen Juanita Lynch November 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Some people with non-swimming children or grandchildren will not buy or rent a house with a swimming pool, as a swimming pool increases the supervision burden for such people. A swimming pool can also increase the liability to the homeowner, but of course a former CLICO Trinidad finance director might understand this.

    Just sayin’

  39. Diana Callender November 22, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Stranger things have happened here before.
    An obituary of a living individual was post s few years ago
    in a Sunday sun. The whole works. It was believable until the person who was suppose to be dead came forward and spoke to the said paper. We as a people. are too quick to run with everything we hear or read..

  40. Johnathan November 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Is this the same Karen that was managing the CLICO Bahamas office when the millions went missing..

  41. Lorenzo November 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Saga Boy and Kevin how can a clico Executive be living in Barbados since 2009 not know the Minister of Finance when Mr sinckler was in regular consultations with Clico Representatives.I find this hard to believe.You all think you speaking to ten year olds.This does not add up,plain and simple.

  42. Anthony Prescott November 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    CRAP THE WHOLE SYSTEM – IT IS THE SLAVE SYSTEM….. Bring in a system for the MAJORITY !! That is how a tribe is supposed to exist…..

    The elites, the overseers and the masses are still in the SAME positions since emancipation…. Look at Barbados, where is the Education, where are the books, where is the history of this place. HIDDEN yet the masses of the world know who Bajans are and Bajans dont know they are descendents of the slaves in earlier day. Today, it makes YOU a slave, its in your blood, your veins…. It was traumatised into you, thats why you dont fight, thats why you dont stand up….. YOU CAN’T !!

  43. DE November 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    It is sad that someone had gone to the extreme to do such a thing as to publicly lied on a person.
    But what has me confuse is the statement from the perceived owner who is a former Clico finance director, when made mention that she has been living on the island for nine years and she does not know who is Chris Sinckler.
    If @Dawn-Marie Rawlins statement is factual about the sale of the said house at the center of this rumor, could it be a possibility that Chris Sinckler could be the intended buyer.


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