Judge orders deceased doctor’s lover to leave home they shared
The former lover of a successful doctor is now facing eviction and a lawyer’s bill of $ 14,000 after losing a legal battle with the late doctor’s son.
Olivia Springer, a 32-year-old nursing assistant, had a four-year romantic relationship with Dr Ram Singh, whom she met during an internship at La Horquetta Health Center.
On Thursday, a High Court judge ordered her out of the 52 Pine Ridge Development home, Arima, which she said she shared with the doctor, by April 30.
In an oral decision following a virtual trial Thursday, Judge Frank Seepersad found that there was a relationship between Springer and Singh, but that he had neither made any arrangements for her nor left it. in her will the house they shared or the car she declared. he bought for her.
The judge also had harsh words for the deceased doctor, saying Singh “used her and had a good time with her”, as he described her as being naïve and passionate about the wealthy older doctor. Singh died of a heart attack.
He said that while it could be considered morally offensive, legally there was no evidence to conclude that she was entitled to the property or the car.
He said the then 60-year-old doctor’s expectations were not the same as Springer’s and because of this he put her in an unfortunate position of unrealistic expectations that home and car would be his.
He also found that there was no evidence that Singh wanted to live with her, even though she was not an intruder on the property.
“This reflects poorly on the manner of the deceased’s man and the way he treated the young woman is unacceptable and reflects his contemptuous attitude towards women.”
He said this type of conduct should be condemned.
“Women should not be treated as toys or the property of men,” he said, expressing hope that Singh’s two grown sons do not carry on the legacy of their father’s behavior.
Considering Monday was International Women’s Day, the judge said it was unfortunate that a young woman found herself in the hands of an older and experienced man, but said he might be lucky that she does not have children with him.
“She is young enough to learn from this experience and move on,” he said.
Seepersad also said Singh’s ex-wife did well to end the marriage when she did. They divorced in 2004 because of her alleged infidelity.
Singh’s son, Kieron Scott Singh, who held his mother Takwati Christine Balroop’s power of attorney, a lawyer, sued Springer for refusing to leave the property.
The son, who lives in the UK, claimed in his lawsuit that his father, before his death, hired Springer’s mother as a domestic helper and her lover as a caregiver, which allowed them to enter the property.
After Singh’s death in 2015, Springer also unsuccessfully sought a family court statement that they had a cohabitation relationship.
Seepersad pointed out that a previous court had refused to accept the relationship as cohabitation, as prescribed by the Cohabitation Relations Act, and could not award him any compensation because the relationship had not existed since. five years or more.
Springer had filed a counterclaim asking for the property to be sold and the proceeds shared between her and Singh’s estate, but the judge dismissed it. He also said it was hard to accept that she helped buy the $ 2.3 million house or contribute to the $ 15,000 monthly mortgage or even furnish the house, when his salary did not exceed $ 7,000.
There was also evidence that the property was purchased using funds from a loan Singh’s ex-wife co-signed for another property in Valsayn. The judge also said the car was unlikely to have been purchased for Springer, as she and her mother testified during the trial, as the certified true copy showed it had been purchased long before they were don’t start a relationship.
However, Springer is likely to get the car and furniture that she claims to have purchased to furnish the house, as the son’s lawyer, Haresh Ramnath, said he spoke to the doctor’s children and was convinced that they will allow it.
He asked that the family be allowed into the property before they move out so that photographs can be taken to ensure no damage is done to them when they move out.
The judge approved of this and issued a warning to her to allow it.
Photographs of the couple from their first vacation in Margarita were on display at the trial. Springer said when they met at the health center, he sent her roses. A few months later, they moved into her small rented apartment and were happy there together.
She said they had started talking about starting a family and the need for a bigger house. Singh lost the $ 200,000 down payment on the Valsayn property, but they then found the multi-million dollar five-bedroom home in the Pine Ridge development.
She claimed to have spent some $ 76,155 to renovate the property, an additional $ 58,485 to furnish it and to pay utility bills. She said they had met her children four times in the four and a half years they had been together. On these occasions, they would stay outside by the pool, as Singh would not allow them to enter the house.
Springer also claimed that upon her death, Singh’s children took her body from the funeral home to the Forensic Science Center for an autopsy and broke into her home, rummaging through her belongings, putting her pet dogs and his parrot in cages and documents are missing.
She said she never pushed Singh to transfer the house or the car to her name, although he would have, but she didn’t want him to think she was in the relationship for her. own material gain and that his other properties had been sold. or transferred to his children, who had already received their inheritances.
“I never thought I would be in this position today,” she said in her request.
Springer was represented by lawyer Shaneis Murray.