Daphne gets her dollars!
The government has finally paid 99-year-old Daphne Thompson the less than $1 million that was owed to her for the past 40 years.
Attorney-at-law Jacqueline Cummings, who is representing Thompson, told The Sunday Gleaner that the cheque, which was dated February 17, 2015, was
delivered at her office on February 20.
The money had been owed to Thompson since 1974 when her husband Jasper and a friend agreed to sell the Government 900 acres of land comprising two properties in Newfound River and Kilmarnock, Hanover.
Cummings disclosed that the cheque was for less than $1 million because no interest was paid on it despite the long period that it was owing. She said she has since lodged the money to 'Miss Daphne's' account.
Now that the money is paid, Cummings, who said she has all the relevant documents, will now have the land registered to the commissioner of lands.
Miss Daphne relieved
Thompson's plight was highlighted in The Sunday Gleaner of November 16, last year.
"Miss Daphne was very relieved when I called her and told her that the money had finally been paid by the Government," said Cummings.
She said Miss Daphne prayed for her over the telephone and thanked her for her help and support.
"I have to thank The Sunday Gleaner for bringing to light Miss Daphne's
problem because I don't think it would have been resolved had it not been for the publicity," Cummings said.
She also thanked Solicitor General Nicole Foster-Pusey for taking an interest in the case after it became public and the assistance she gave to expedite payment.
Cabinet had approved the purchase of the lands and an agreement was signed between the vendors and government officials. The Government paid the two men a portion of the purchase price with the balance to be paid to complete the sale.
The matter went unresolved for several years until Jasper Thompson died in 1986. His friend died two years later, without collecting the outstanding amount.
Since the case was reported, several persons had indicated that they would be willing to purchase the property since the Government had failed to close the deal.
Gleaner readers had also indicated that they wanted to help the 99-year-old woman. One reader said he and a group of friends were trying to put together the money to pay 'Miss Daphne'.