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Government to pay $17m for Negril businessman's death

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 8:20 AM

A High Court judge has ordered that the State pay damages totalling more than $17 million to the estate of slain Negril businessman Frederick ‘Mickey’ Hill.

The award was made in the Supreme Court last December after the Attorney General’s Department opted not to contest liability in a wrongful-death suit filed by attorneys for Hill’s widow Brenda and the Administrator General’s Department.

A breakdown of the award shows that $10.4 million is for post-trial loss of earnings.

Meanwhile, $5.5 million with interest of three per cent per annum from the time the suit was filed to December 19 last year is to be paid for pre-trial loss of earnings.

The court also awarded special damages of $384,732 with interest of three per cent per annum from November 4, 2010 to December 19 last year and $150,000 for loss of expectation of life.

The decision by the Attorney General’s Department to enter a defence limited to quantum comes even as the case against Police Sergeant Malica Reid, who is charged with Hill’s murder, remains before the court.

The well-known businessman was allegedly shot and killed by Reid in November 2010, in an incident that sparked outrage among residents in Negril and Savanna-la-Mar.