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Good news for woman shot multiple times by ex-husband

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, April 01, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Sandals Resort International (SRI) has partnered with United States based broadcaster Bevan 'Duke of Earle' Earle to provide $314,000 to pay a medical bill for 27-year-old Tamara Pryce, who underwent treatment at the Kingston Public Hospital for multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by her estranged husband.

The money was handed over to Tamara's father, Calvin Fearon during a function held at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel near Montego Bay, St James on Saturday.

The Clarendon police alleged last month that ex-Jamaica Defence Force soldier Wilbert Pryce shot dead his mother-in-law, injured his wife and mother of his two children in Bryan's Hill, then went to a nearby community where he was accused of raping a woman.

Tamara, whose jaw bone was fractured and who lost some of her teeth, was on Tuesday released from hospital where she underwent operation. But according to her father, she is scheduled to return to the medical facility for follow-up treatment this week.

Meanwhile, her mother was laid to rest yesterday after a memorial service at the Bryan's Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.

On Saturday the cheque presentation took on the atmosphere of a church service during which the theme of the sermon was the story of the Good Samaritan.

Earle, who initiated the fund-raising effort to cover the medical bill, said he was compelled to act when he saw the story of the plight of the mother of two on a local television channel.

"I saw this gentleman on the TV crying that he didn't have the first penny to pay for the operation which costs $314,000," Earle recounted. He used his Florida-based radio station to reach out to listeners in the Diaspora for assistance. Then, after contributing US$500 and receiving other donations, he turned to SRI for the rest of the funds.

"I called the chairman of Sandals, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart) and so I was able to obtain the $314,000 to make sure that this lady can get the proper care," Earle disclosed. "I say this is time to give back. I had to do it because I saw the need. We cannot sit back and rely on the Government to do everything, we must start to help our falling neighbours and as such I want to say thanks to Sandals."

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Clayton Morgan, who represented SRI in the absence of the chairman and his son, Adam Stewart, SRI CEO, who were unavoidably absent, said over the years SRI as reputed for their generosity.

"As good corporate citizens, they have always volunteered in every area of national life, whenever and wherever the need arises. This occasion is no different," Morgan said. "I am happy to say that this kind gesture comes especially at this time of the year when Christ gave his life to redeem sinners and to make the supreme sacrifice on behalf of mankind."

Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris also lauded SRI and Earle for their efforts to assist Tamara, saying: "Sandals and Duke of Earle are really proving to be godly and following the example of the Bible. When we have a victim like Tamara Fearon-Pryce, who is in need at this time and through your leadership Duke of Earle you cried out to your listening audience and you raised a good portion of the funds. When Sandals group joined with you and said 'okay let us finish this gesture', we have to say cheers to you all."

Overcome by the occasion, Tamara's father broke down in tears when he was presented the money.

"She is appreciative. It is a great help because we don't really have it so we appreciate it a lot," the overjoyed father said between sobs.

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