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Jul 14, 2011

The Smiling and Nembhard Saga continues

Winston Smiling

This week and for years previous to that, Winston Smiling has been fighting to get Steve Nembhard to pay him back six thousand dollars which he says he loaned to Nembhard as far back as 2008. This type of case would not normally make it to the news, but Smiling and Nembhard have high credentials in the P.U.P. so their squabbling has become sensational news. The magistrate court ruled again today and very little has changed for Smiling. Back in June the court had previously ordered Nembhard to pay up, but he didn’t within the specified timeframe. That landed him overnight in jail on Monday and was released upon payment of three thousand, five hundred dollars of the debt.  But the part payment did not cut it for Smiling and he went back to court on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. He considers Nembhard a flight risk since the adversarial Nembhard has given a Mexico address as his place of residence. And after all the media spectacle, the court today allowed Nembhard more time to pay, much to Smiling’s chagrin.  Here is what he has to say.

Winston Smiling, Businessman

“We went back to court because the judgment from magistrate Ordonez was that he be remanded in prison and paid everything in full. This was after four trials when he continuously lying to court—waiting for money that never showed up—and the magistrate decided enough is enough and remanded him to prison. The moment he was remanded into prison, I learnt that someone came and paid a thousand dollars for him. But that wasn’t the judgment; the judgment was for him to pay the full six thousand dollars. Anyways, that is part of the past—that didn’t happen. So today we went back to court to find out why was he released when the wholesome was not paid. Mister Ordonez was out of the City yesterday and the matter was placed in the hands of another magistrate. My understanding was that the magistrate wasn’t given the entire file so he or she used her or his discretion because at that point in time Mister Nembhard had paid three thousand six hundred dollars, despite the fact that he had told the nation he had paid five thousand dollars. This is not so; to date he has only paid three thousand five hundred dollars. But lo and behold, the magistrate listened to both argument and asked my attorney, Mister Peyrefitte and myself to be lenient. Just give it this time until the end of August and if he doesn’t pay by August then he goes back to prison. We accepted that and walked out of court because we respect the law. This was the judge’s decision—little we could do. So we decided to leave it at that. So that’s where we are. He has until the end of August to pay.”

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2 Responses for “The Smiling and Nembhard Saga continues”

  1. Earl Grey says:


  2. RadicalBelizean says:

    G’luck Winston. The moral of the story don’t lend money to anyone. I learnt the very hard way, in my case a relative.

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