Mother cries foul over confiscated properties

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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She said a criminal complaint filed with the Police has amounted to nothing.

She said a criminal complaint filed with the Police has amounted to nothing. (Photo: File)

A devastated mother has spoken out publically as a last resort in a bid to seek help so that what she claims as “personal belongings” could be returned to her.

Anina Masese Boon approached the Sunday Samoan claiming that she had exhausted all possible avenues to try and resolve a dispute from five years ago.

Mrs. Boon claimed her family was locked out of their home in Si’usega in October 2013 due to a land issue, which was not their fault. Her husband had apparently bought a piece of land, which she said he did not know was under a mortgage by the previous owner.

As well as being locked out, all their belongings were confiscated.

But that wasn’t all. 

She alleges that she was assaulted by her neighbours. 

“At the time, I filed a complaint with the Police; retained a lawyer and the legal system took too long,” she said. 

“So I turned to the Office of the Ombudsman for help. I feel hopeless that after several years, I am deprived of my personal belongings.”

The incident occurred when Mrs. Boon’s daughter was only three months old. 

Today she is a mother of four with her husband, Patrick Boon.

 “This to me is a clear human rights violation, depriving me of my personal belongings,” she said. 

“Some of my things are heirlooms and they are of special value to me and I cannot accept the fact that it has been taken from me.”

A document outlining what Mrs. Boon claims to have been taken from her shows they are valued at more than $8,000.

 “It’s not just about my personal things, my daughter’s things when she was a baby were also affected,” she said.

“In that house, I had my baby’s things, she had three suitcases of just her clothes, her mittens, dresses and so much more." 

“These things are priceless to me as a mother, yet I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back,” she said in a letter to Sunday Samoan, outlining her ordeal. 

According to Mrs. Boon, she sought the Court’s indulgence to release her belongings.

But she said an injunction placed on the land has not been lifted. She said she understands that law needs to take its course.

But she is desperate for her belongings.

“I just want me and my daughters’ personal belongings, that is it, nothing more,” she said. 

“That has always been my humble request it has nothing to do with the other issues.”

In April 2017, Mrs. Boon wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman for help. Dated 25 April 2017, Mrs. Boon told of how she was assaulted in her own home.

She said a criminal complaint filed with the Police has amounted to nothing. 

She also informed the Ombudsman in her complaint that she sought assistance from lawyers but again this has led to nowhere.

“I approached the first lawyer, not long after we were locked out of our premises in 2013,” she said. 

According to Mrs. Boon, she sought another lawyer last year seeking assistance to file a motion with the Court to lift the injunction on the personal belongings.

“And then another lawyer after that but still, there has been no help and I don’t know who to turn to for help.”

For this reason, she is hoping that someone in authority to be able to help her can lend a hand.

Attempts to get comments from the Police and Office of the Ombudsman have not been successful.

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