Stephen Buckley Receives First $50,000 Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Stephen BuckleyOn Friday, August 9th, 40-year-old Stephen Emmanuel Buckley picked up two cheques from the Central Bank of Belize; one for ,000 and the other for ,000. Buckley’s attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, is negotiating a settlement with the Government of Belize and the ,000 is an initial payment to help him cover immediate expenses.

On April 28, 2010 police intercepted a green Dodge pickup truck in the area of Kraal Road and Guerrero Street. The truck was being driven by construction worker Marlon Myers. Police claim that they saw the occupants dip their heads as if reaching for something. According to Inspector Dennis Lopez, his shotgun then went off by accident hitting Buckley in the face. However, the occupants of the vehicle and people in the area claim they heard two shots which would indicate that it was definitely no accident. Buckley was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he underwent life saving surgeries. He was released after spending 32 days in the hospital recovering from at least 16 pellet wounds to the face. Since the incident, Buckley has been unable to work and take care of his family as promised assistance from the Police Department has been few and far in between.

Prime Minister Barrow recently placed his weight behind the process because he was disappointed at how long it had taken to provide the kind of assistance needed by Buckley and his family. That intervention led to a promise of $100,000 as initial payment to Buckley, but when he introduced an attorney to the discussion it became a technical negotiation and the first payment was lowered to $35,000. Reports are that Prime Minister Barrow heard that the lawyers had agreed to $35,000 and he intervened because he felt it was not enough. That is why there was a second cheque for $15,000. Buckley is expected to receive a second payment in the very near future. On Friday his attorney transferred his money to his credit union account and Buckley withdrew $2,000, the maximum amount allowed. He said it felt good to not worry about where the next meal would come from. Buckley hopes to move out of the city and build a house in Hattieville.

Inspector Dennis Lopez was eventually charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm upon Buckley. The matter is still before the court.