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December 3, 2013
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JUTC given ultimatum to pay settlement

Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

The group of persons who were recently offered a settlement of $106 million in four instalments from the Jamaica Urban Transit Company has now given the company an ultimatum through their lawyer to pay in two parts ''or else''.

''I was instructed by my clients to give the JUTC until December 31 to make all payments. We are willing to take it in two instalments the first one on December 9 where $53M is to be paid,'' Sean Kinghorn said.

Kinghorn said if the company fails to honour this request then there will be a petition in court for the action of winding up the company to be carried out.

The Star saw persons who were in the October 2010 accident who said they were still suffering from ailments arising from the crash and are not prepared to have the damages paid in four tranches.

The JUTC has proposed to pay the money in four tranches of $26.5 million, $20 million, $20 million and $40 million by March 31 next year providing that the 32 claimants sign a confidential clause. However, the claimants have said this deal was totally unacceptable.

In October 2010, members of a church in Portmore chartered a JUTC bus to St Ann. Upon reaching Faiths Pen the bus overturned killing one passenger and injuring 32 others.

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