Still no compensation for victims of Armadale fire
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Exactly four years after a fire claimed the lives of seven wards of the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Ann, survivors are still to be financially compensated by the State.
The State had accepted liability for the incident in 2011 but to date none of the millions calculated in damages have reached in the hands of about 30 girls.
Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon-Harrison told The Gleaner/Power 106 that her office will continue to pursue the compensation due to Armadale survivors.
Gordon-Harrison’s office is arguing that compensation should be paid to any girl injured or traumatised as a result of being present at the facility on the eventful night.
She said an agreement regarding settlement for three of the girls most seriously injured fell through after the Attorney General made a counter claim.
Please tune in to the news at noon for Part Two of our three part feature on the deadly May 22, 2009 fire at Armadale.
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