Feuding BLP MPs could settle out of court
An out-of-court settlement may be in sight in the case in which Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St Andrew MP George Payne is claiming damages against his St James North colleague Edmund Hinkson.
The legal battle arose out of alleged slanderous statements made by Hinkson during a parliamentary group meeting at BLP headquarters on February 25, 2013.
Well-placed sources have told Barbados TODAY that Payne’s attorneys, Smith & Smith, are scheduled to meet with Hinkson’s lawyer, Sir Richard Cheltenham QC, to bring a resolution to the issue “in short order”.
Earlier this week, Barbados TODAY reported that attorney-at law Dale Marshall QC, who is Payne’s legal partner in addition to being a BLP MP, had lodged a statement in the Supreme Court on August 8, 2014 in support of Payne.
This newspaper has also learnt that at least two other parliamentarians who were present at the February 25 meeting have thrown their support behind Payne in his quest for justice.
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