Court rules Destra ruptured Belize man's bladder during stage performance; orders artiste to pay over TT$50,000

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:45

A court in Belize has ordered that soca artiste Destra Garcia pay around BZD$16,577 (TT$56,113) after the court found that she personally injured a man while gyrating on him at a concert September 2015.

Fernando Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that Destra jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at "The Carnival Overload" concert.

Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra.

A video shows him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative. The court was told that Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

Oliva had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage. 

After recovering, he sued the Destra for personal injury, and last week Wednesday, Justice Courtney Able ruled that Destra should pay him just over BZD$16,577.

Lawyers successful argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man.

The court granted a default judgement against Destra as she did not enter a defense and lawyers say they are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in this jurisdiction.

Destra has the right to appeal the judgement in Belize.

Attorney say they have sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents.

Destra, who boarded a flight to Miami today, has said that she will issue a statement through her attorney later today.