A St. Lucian who inherited a £20 million estate in the south of the island after the death of his British boss is gearing up to defend his inheritance in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court next week.
The Mail Online reports that the late Lord Glenconner’s manservant, Kent Adonai, 51, is being challenged in the courts by Glenconner’s 19-year-old grandson, Cody Tennant, who, along with other members of the family “believe his grandfather, who was 83 when he died, was not entirely in a correct frame of mind when he left his estate on the island to his devoted Man Friday”.
Cody and his mother Sheilagh, the widow of Glenconner’s eldest son Charles Tennant, who died in 1996, are expected at the hearing, the newspaper reports.
However, quoting a friend of Adonai, the Mail reports that “he (Adonai) will spare no expense and effort and has hired a top lawyer – Michelle Desir, the daughter of St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony”.
Adonai is reported to have been gathering as much evidence as he can to show that his boss was entirely of sound mind when he changed his will a few months before his death and that ill-health had not impaired his mental processes, the Mail reports.
“Kent is not planning to give up easily,” the Mail quotes a friend. “Glenconner gave him his properties and land on St. Lucia because he had worked for him for 30 years and because he was the person who was always there for him.”
Lord Glenconner, who died in 2010, shocked his wife of 54 years, Lady Anne who discovered he had changed his will to leave everything on the island to faithful Adonai, a 2011 report in the Daily Mail stated.
Lady Anne, who lives in a farmhouse in Norfolk on the estate of her brother, the Earl of Leicester, tells the Mail she won’t be going to St. Lucia but she supports her grandson in the legal battle.
The Mail said three years after inheriting the estate on the death of his boss, Adonai has become “something of a recluse, devoting himself to fishing off the island of St. Lucia”.
Adonai fishes off the coast of Choiseul.
ORIGINAL REPORTING BY RICHARD KAY OF MAIL ONLINE