THE descendants of Gilbert Jobson, the original owner of a plot of land on Red Hills Road that has recently been the bone of contention between two businessmen, say they have been snubbed by the Office of the Administrator General (AG).
According to Demetri Jobson, since his father's death 32 years ago, his children have not found closure as the disposal of their father's estate has not yet been settled.
"From 1980 until now the Administrator General has not given us an inkling of what is in the estate and the will has disappeared. We cannot find closure. This is a question we have asked the Administrator General on numerous occasions, and the AG is not saying. We don't know why it's taking so long," Jobson told the Jamaica Observer.
The spotlight was thrown on the Jobsons' plight after a bitter dispute over the land between Warmon Ltd, the operators of the Marketplace Plaza, and Baron Stephens, the owner of Baron's Plaza, turned ugly late last year. The police had to be summoned following heated exchanges between the parties over the property.
The matter will next be heard in the Supreme Court on January 22.
Reports that their father died without making a will have been denied by another of Jobson's sons, Oliver, who says that he was appointed executor for his father's estate.
"I took all the documents myself, and the will, and gave it to the Administrator General, and I got a letter of receipt. I handed them to the Administrator General because six months after my father died a woman came forward and said she was married to him. I have not heard from the Administrator General in 32 years," Oliver Jobson said.
"Anytime the AG is questioned they find a way to avoid, circumvent and ignore. They played ping pong with us and run us around in circles."
In addition to the contentious plot of land at 10 Red Hills Road, Gilbert Jobson died leaving 705 acres in Falmouth, Trelawny, and another plot at Clifton Hill in Gordon Town, St Andrew.
According to Demetri Jobson it took a court order to stop the occupation of the land in Gordon Town which, he said, a man claimed to have bought from his father on a date that, when checked, was actually four years after the eldest Jobson's death.
"The man came forth with documents claiming he bought the land in 1984, but my father had died already. The documents were in the Times New Roman font which was not available until 1996," Demetri Jobson told the Sunday Observer.
The Jobsons are also concerned about the land in Falmouth, which they said was sold for a peppercorn and then resold to the Commissioner of Lands for $50 million so the north coast highway could be built.
"The AG has not given us a full accounting of the estate, which has been requested by our attorneys, and still there is no headway," Demetri Jobson said, noting that the family has filed a suit against the Administrator General and the man who bought the Falmouth land. They say they are still awaiting a response.
The Sunday Observer was unable to get a response to the Jobsons' claims despite several calls to Administrator General Lona Brown and Deputy Administrator General Andrew Gyles up to press time.