Nygard faces arrest over Bahamas dredging fight

Peter Nygard

Peter Nygard has exhausted the patience of a Bahamian Supreme Court judge, who ordered the Canadian retail magnate arrested after he repeatedly failed to show for sentencing.

Cheryl Grant-Thompson issued the bench warrant Monday after Nygard failed to show up to be sentenced for contempt, according to Save the Bays, an environmental group co-founded by his neighbor, hedge fund founder Louis Bacon.

Nygard was found guilty last year of dredging the sea floor near his Bahamas residence in 2015 and 2016, despite a 2013 injunction blocking him from doing so, according to Save the Bays. Grant-Thompson said she had “zero tolerance” for Nygard’s failure to follow her orders. Nygard was due to be sentenced on the contempt finding, but failed to show two weeks ago, last week and again on Monday.

Save the Bays — which has been fighting the designer — has claimed Nygard almost doubled the size of his property, from 3.25 acres in 1984 to 6.1 acres in 2012, by illegally dredging the nearby sea bed and constructing ocean walls to limit water flow and increase beachfront.

Jay Prober, a Canadian attorney who represents Nygard, said lawyers for the 77-year-old designer have already appealed the bench warrant order.

“It was grossly unfair and totally unnecessary,” Prober said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “He fully intended to appear in court in the Bahamas.”

Nygard was unable to go because of a medical condition, Prober said. He said his client was taken to a hospital in Winnipeg, Ma....

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