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Yorke sued by Neval for $.25m
Former Manchester United striker Dwight
Yorke was served legal documents before
his Seas the Moment fete in Tobago on Sat-
urday, as current Chutney Soca Monarch
Neval Chatelal has sued him in an effort to
recover $250,000 which was lent to Yorke
Chatelal has been pleading unsuccess-
fully since May last year with Yorke to pay
him back the $250,000, according to docu-
ments filed in the San Fernando High Court
In the court documents, which have
been obtained by the T&T Guardian, Chat-
elal said following the fete Yorke held in
Tobago last March, known as Island Vibe,
Yorke approached him to borrow some
Yorke, 46, said he needed the money be-
cause he was in “financial difficulty and un-
able to meet certain debts,” Chatelal stated
in the court documents.
Among those that Yorke owed were the
caterers who also took legal action but the
matter was eventually settled out-of-court.
According to the court documents filed
by Chatelal, Yorke stated he was “unable
to secure a lender and desperately needed
to pay service providers for his Island Vibe
all-inclusive party which did not net a
Yorke said that “approaching the bank
was not a viable consideration, as the time
for approval from his bank would place
him in an embarrassing situation with the
persons and companies to which he was
indebted after the event,” the court docu-
ments stated. Chatelal agreed to lend Yorke
Yorke, in turn, agreed to repay the
$250,000 and $50,000 in interest after two
On March 7, last year Chatelal deposited
the $250,000 into the Dwight Yorke Foun-
dation Account held at Republic Bank.
After the two months passed when Yorke
was allegedly supposed to repay all the
money, Chatelal contacted him.
A series of WhatsApp messages between
Yorke and Chatelal was produced as sup-
porting evidence in the court documents.
Eventually, on December 20, Chatelal
received the $50,000 interest from Yorke.
Chatelal agreed to give Yorke some more
time to pay off the debt in full.
After some more back and forth with
Yorke and not getting the money owed
Chatelal sought legal recourse.
Chatelal is being represented by former
attorney general Senior Counsel Anand
A pre-action protocol letter was sent to
Yorke on January 15 where he was “invited
to amicably settle the matter.”
There was no response to the pre-action
protocol letter. The pre-action protocol
time period expired on February 12.
The lawsuit was filed at the San Fer-
nando High Court a few days after the
The matter has been listed before Jus-
tice Ricky Rahim.
Yorke’s fete Seas The Moment was held
at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park on Satur-
day with Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez, second
place in this year’s Road March competi-
tion Iwer George and Soca Monarch Aaron
“Voice” St Louis among the performers.
While Bunji was performing at Seas The
Moment, Road March winner Machel Mon-
tano was also in Tobago performing at the
Call To Paradise fete held at the Magdalena
Grand Beach and Golf Resort.
Montano had previously taken legal ac-
tion against Yorke for falsely advertising
that he was to perform at one of Yorke’s
fetes. In 2016, Montano eventually
dropped the lawsuit.
An injunction was granted to Mon-
tano to prevent Yorke from further
using his name to promote the party.
In 1998 the Manchester United foot-
ball club paid Aston Villa a transfer fee
of £12.6 million for Yorke.
He was the club’s most expensive
signing at the time.
Yorke retired from football in
Since then Yorke has faced some
It was reported in British media
last year that Yorke had put his
six-bedroom mansion in Cheshire
up for sale for £2.25 million.
According to reports, Yorke’s
company assets showed a 73
per cent decline on the previous
year and taking bank overdraft
fees and loans into account, it
had net assets of just £2.
Last year, a bankruptcy
petition against Yorke was
Yorke was not present at
a hearing at the Bankruptcy
and Companies Court in Lon-
don when the petition was
formally dismissed by the
The registrar was told the
amount owed by Yorke had
fallen below the £5,000
threshold creditors can
petition for a debtor to be
His creditor was not
named in court.
Yorke could not be
for comment last night.
Nafeesa in hot water after FB post
Nafeesa Mohammed may have
her portfolio as one of the Prime
Minister’s senior legal advisors
adjusted following a post she
made to Facebook, CNC3 re-
ported last night.
Mohammed is the relative of
one of the men held and eventu-
ally released in connection with
the terrorist threat to disrupt Car-
nival. When CNC3 contacted Mo-
hammed she refused to comment
only saying that she is expecting a
However, CNC3 understands
that Mohammed was asked to
resign following a post on social
media which was deemed unac-
ceptable by the Government.
The post which has since been
deleted reportedly mentioned
allegations of a cabal within the
ruling People’s National Move-
ment which may be pushing an
anti-Islamic agenda for political
CNC3 attempted to contact the
Office of the Prime Minister but
all calls to the press department
Get it right
An article entitled:
ISIS claims responsibility for
on Page A3 of Saturday’s
edition of the T&T Guardian
incorrectly quotes the source
as the Dabiq magazine. The
information came from an
online publication from the
Voltaire Network, a Lebanon-
based media outlet dated
February 16, 2018.
Neval Chatelal, left, and Dwight Yorke.
BELOW: The cover of the lawsuit filed by Chatelal.
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