A devastated young woman locked in a bitter land dispute believes an arsonist is responsible for the destruction of her home at Kendall Hill, Christ Church.
After at least one failed attempt to set her house on fire as well as numerous efforts to sabotage her Internet, telephone and MCTV connections, Dijah Moseley, 26, lost her possessions.
On Thursday evening, the house, set on family land, which she occupied since the death of her grandfather last December, was rendered uninhabitable. Hundreds worth of paint cans, building materials and brand new appliances, also useless, having been swallowed up by the raging flames that engulfed the home.
Neither Moseley nor her mother was at home when the incident unfolded and desperate attempts by neighbours to quell the flames were to no avail.
Among the ashes was a single page from the Book of Psalms with a message.
“Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue,” said the first two verses of Psalm 109.
“They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love, they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good and hatred for my love,” the next three verses continued.
For the now homeless woman this text perfectly sums up her emotions as she recalled a previous attempt to place a lit tissue on a window some months ago.
While in St. Philip yesterday, Moseley received a call that the wood and wall structure at Kendall Hill was on fire.
“When I got down here, the entire structure was already gone. Nothing was left in the house. Other family members who also live on the plot of land were trying to save the house, but the flames were so high that everything was lost,” she recalled.
“It came over the radio that the house was unoccupied, but someone was living there. There were groceries there, along with equipment, and materials. I spent all of what I had buying the materials to refurbish the house and make it look like a home, because when my grandfather died, he left just a partial something and I had to add my personal touch to it,” she explained.
“It was being refurbished, so all of the materials and stuff in the house are gone including paint, bricks and wood for the house.
Moseley claims the house was left to her and her family, but proceedings for a transfer of title had not been completed before her grandfather passed away, leaving the extended family at Kendall Hill in an uproar.
“When my grandfather passed away, a family member said to me this house must be moved from the spot. ‘If you don’t move it, I will lick it down.’ Up to today, I heard one of the family members laughing and telling his friends that the house burned down. I don’t think this is a case where a lawless person decided to burn a random house.
“I believe this is a personal vendetta where my house is concerned. This is a personal attack and I am left now with nothing. No house, no nothing. All that my grandfather worked for is gone,” said the distraught young woman.
Fire officials along with forensic specialists from the Oistins Police Station were on the scene for over 12 hours collecting evidence.
“[Parliamentary Representative] Adrian Forde is trying to get help from the RDC (Rural Development Commission) and I am just waiting at a time like this to get back a house in which I can be comfortable, because I have been left with nothing,” she added.
Moseley has received a care package from Adrian Forde and is currently staying with a cousin.