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Aug 9, 2013

Buckley gets cheque for 50k

Stephen Buckley

That disappointing trip to the St. John’s Credit Union was taken at a little after midday. But just after two this afternoon Buckley got the news from his attorney Dickie Bradley that payment had been made – fifty-thousand dollars to be exact. News Five was there as Buckley made his second trip to the credit union with the checks he received from the government treasury clutched in his hand. When he emerged he was a happy man, though not as happy as he says he expected to be.

 

Stephen Buckley, Received Payment

“As far as I see it, dah wah hundred thousand dehn mi promise me dehn mi wah give me but then dehn only give me fifty thousand and I have to try take care of that and take care of my kids with that for right now.”

 

Mike Rudon

“What dah yo feeling? I mean when we left you earlier today after twelve o’clock, you neva had nothing and now you have fifty thousand dollars. What dah the feeling that you could move and do other things now?”

 

Stephen Buckley

“Well I feel kinda better now cause at least I could move around and take care of my family lee better.”

 

Mike Rudon

“What dah yo next plans? I know yo got wah long time without got any money and without nowhere to turn. What dah yo plans now with the money?”

 

Stephen Buckley

“The next plan dah fi try take care of my family so that mi pickney dehn could go dah school…pay down fi make mi son dehn goh dah school and thing and try take care of them to the fullest fu right now. My family wah feel happy for it because they really need it too. So dehn wah happy for it.  I coulda neva do weh I used to do…I can’t do it again. So many days I woulda mi it down and cry about it.”

 

Mike Rudon

“You feel that despite you get this money that there is still a lot weh the police, weh di government, owe yo?”

 

Stephen Buckley

“Dehn owe me right now; dehn owe me at least voer three million at least. Deh n owe me more than that because mi life noh value no money.”

 

Today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told News Five via phone that the preliminary payment made to Buckley will be one hundred thousand dollars. Buckley has received the first fifty-thousand and the additional payment of fifty thousand will be made next week. That, according to the PM, is still just a preliminary payment. The final lump sum payment made to Steven Buckley as compensation will be agreed on after further negotiation.

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