On April 28 of 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley and two companions were shot at in a Dodge Ram vehicle, stopped by Police on Kraal Road, Belize City, as part of their investigations into a shooting incident.
The shooter was identified as Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez from Belmopan.
Four years after the events of that Wednesday night, Stephen Buckley still waits for his day in court. It should have been Monday, but as he tells us, Inspector Lopez’s trial has been traversed again.
“When I want to the Court, they tell me the case is adjourned till next year.
They said that it’s due to the lawyer for the policeman not coming. So they say they adjourn it again, for sake of that.”
The shot from a 16-gauge shotgun left pellet wounds in Steven Buckley’s head and face, and rendered him unable to work.
PLUS News understands that in addition to the $100,000 preliminary settlement awarded by the Government of Belize, a further settlement is in the works.
We asked Buckley about that and how impatient he is to put the matter behind him.
“It is taking too long because right now I have no help to deal with my kids, no money to deal with my kids the way I want to. Right now my biggest son is in college and I need shoes for him, and I do not have that.
I just have to wait a little longer until justice next year so until next year.”
Dennis Lopez is being represented by Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson.