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Three former crew members of the casino ship

Niobe Corinthian will receive more than $40,000 in unpaid wages following the sale of the ship at auction.

The men, from Honduras, brought a civil case against the vessel’s owners Estrellas Management Ltd last year for wages dating back to September 2010.

Chief Justice Richard Ground ordered the sale of the controversial ship and it was auctioned off to Bermuda-based Jenga Management in January, making $65,156.

Yesterday, at a Commercial Court hearing to determine how the proceeds should be divided, Puisne Judge Ian Kawaley ordered the ship’s captain, Pablo Riera Cabus, his son Pablo Riera Funez and another crew member, Juan Aleman Quintano, to get $40,284.50, plus interest of $1,676.49.

The Provost Marshal General, who auctioned off the ship, will receive $3,488.11 and the Collector of Customs will get $8,900.

Lawyer Craig Rothwell, representing the three crew members, said his clients were now back in their home country.

“Right from the beginning, we have just been trying to get the crew their outstanding wages,” he told

The Royal Gazette after the hearing.


Niobe Corinthian launched as a glitzy offshore casino venue but became mired in legal woes and has remained tethered to a dock at St David’s since 2006.

Businessman Neil Inchcup was the public face of the gambling boat, while Chris Trott was a silent player.

Earlier this week, Mr Justice Kawaley rejected an application by Mr Inchcup and his executive assistant Cheryl Simmons for a judicial review of the purchase of the vessel at auction by Mr Trott’s wife Andrea Dismont-Trott, on behalf of Jenga Management.

Martin Johnson, from the Attorney General’s Chambers, appearing on behalf of the Provost Marshal General and the Collector of Customs, asked the judge yesterday to make an order for the release of the vessel.

“We want to get rid of it as soon as possible,” he said.

Lawyer Phil Perinchief, representing the William Trust, of which Mr Inchcup is a beneficiary, said his clients had no objection to the release of the ship but added: “We do have a view about it being specified about it going to a particular person.” The judge noted the objection.

Mr Perinchief told this newspaper after the hearing: “I’m going to take further instructions from my clients in respect of a way forward and the continuation of the protection of their interests.”

Mr and Mrs Trott did not appear at yesterday’s hearing and were not represented.

Niobe Corinthian berthed in St David?s
Public face of gambling ship: Neil Inchcup

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Published March 09, 2012 at 8:42 am (Updated March 09, 2012 at 8:41 am)

Niobe crew to be paid, court orders

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