In the face of two applications to commit him to prison for contempt, the controversial fashion designer continues to insult the judiciary and act as if he is above the law
New evidence has emerged showing that Peter Nygard has once again defied the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, aggressively dredging the seabed off his property despite having already been accused of contempt for similar actions on two previous occasions.
The controversial designer has been under an injunction ordering him not to dredge since 2013, when leading Bahamian environmental group Save The Bays (STB) launched judicial review proceedings citing years of unauthorized construction and serious damage to the surrounding environment.
“Three strikes, and Peter Nygard is out,” said STB legal director Fred Smith. “We can only conclude that this man believes he is a law unto himself and can spit in the face of the Supreme Court of The Bahamas whenever he chooses.
“Just days after the judge visited his property in an effort to see for herself the site of the last alleged infraction, he is at it again, aggressively dredging the seabed and Crown Land— which belongs not to him- but to every citizen of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“He is acting in blatant defiance of our laws, making a mockery of our sovereignty and spitting in the face of our judicial process. He simply must be stopped.”
Photos taken on Monday, October 16 and show a dredger being operated by an individual in Clifton Bay just off the coast of Nygard Cay. It is also clear from the images that the sand being removed from the seabed, which is Crown Land, is being transported and stockpiled on Nygard’s private beach.
STB has argued in several court cases that the same tactic has been used by Nygard repeatedly over the years to double the size of his beach, from around three acres to six, at the expense of the Bahamian public.
“He is simply abusing our laws and taking our land for himself,” Smith said. “He is laughing at us, taunting us and sending a message that he is untouchable.
“Almost half a century after gaining independence we continue to be treated like serfs on a colonial plantation by this man. We must stand up and assert our rights in the face of this insulting and degrading behaviour by a foreign individual who seems to believe he is the King of The Bahamas and owns our government because he donated $5 Million! Well, our message to him, is that he does not own our prime minister or our country!”