May 26, 2017

Choppins resident denies disturbing neighbour with loud music

Merle Greaves is vehemently denying a report that she and her husband play extremely loud music, day and night, disturbing her neighbours.

“When I see this paper yesterday it grieve my heart… I don’t love ‘botheration’ and I don’t love trouble,” Greaves said in an interview with SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday.

The Choppins resident, referring to a story in the Tuesday, May 23 edition of the SEARCHLIGHT, explained that she works during the day and her husband works on the Grenadine island of Mustique and comes to St Vincent only at the end of the month.

“How somebody could play music every day and every night,” she questioned, pointing out that no one is home during the day to play any music.

Greaves said: “Me husband has a thing and I don’t know how to turn it on. I am not telling no lie.”

Furthermore, she stated, when she gets home from work, it is usually late at night, and she either watches TV or uses her laptop or cellular phone.

Greaves did admit that last year, December 29, they did have a get-together for their anniversary and had amplified music.

However, she indicated that she had received permission from the Commissioner of Police to do so.

“…So when the police come now, [my neighbour] saying that the police ah tek bribe…,” the Choppins resident said.

She also denied claims that she turns down music when she sees the police coming to her house, explaining that she cannot see when the police are coming to her home.

“I does cry, I does cry to see police ah come to me with music and me nah play,” Greaves said.

She stated that a few weeks ago there was music being played from a nearby village and her neighbour came out cursing her, saying that it was her music being played.

“So, when she come here and tell alyuh those lies… is lie.”

The Choppins resident went further to question why no other resident in the area has ever complained about loud music.

She noted that her husband and her neighbour, who is her husband’s sister, have a strained relationship — with them going to court on three separate occasions.

Greaves even alleges that on one occasion the magistrate told her sister-in-law “to keep from around the place”.