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Thursday 22 February 2018

Soca diva Destra gets lawyer’s letter

SOCA diva Destra Garcia received a pre action protocol letter last week, attorney Christophe Rodriguez confirmed yesterday, as a man whom she damaged during a wine on stage at a concert in Belize, two years ago, is still awaiting payment of compensation as ordered by a Belizean court.

Rodriguez is the local attorney representing the interests of Belize national Fernando Olivia who successfully filed a claim in court for compensation following injuries to his bladder, sustained when Garcia performed a dance move on him while on stage. The attorney said Garcia was issued the legal letter some time last week. The letter indicated that Rodriguez and his associates will be seeking to enforce the orders made by Belizean judge, Justice Courtney Able. Rodriguez said that Garcia’s legal team have acknowledged receipt of the letter.

Garcia was performing at the Carival Overload concert in Belize in 2015, when Olivia was called on stage to aid in the singer’s onstage presentation. As he lay face up on the stage, Garcia is said to have dropped herself onto the hip of Olivia and then wined. Olivia later got up, left the stage but then complained of excrutiating pains.

Earlier this year, Justice Able ruled in favor of Olivia and ordered Garcia to pay a sum of BD$16,577 (roughly TT56,000) in compensation to Olivia. Olivia’s attorneys in Belize argued that Garcia’s performance on-stage was less of a soca dance and more like a wrestling move. Newsday attempted to contact Garcia for comment yesterday but calls to her went unanswered.


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