Cui bono?

Just a mental exercise to get my head around the figures (my head is spinning, I don’t know about yours)… Money wise there is 50k involved… Iris Robinson organises two cheques of 25k from the two developers, made out to McCambley for the business… She’s carrier of the cheques, but at this stage she does not touch the money… Then when the arrangement goes bad, McCambley pays back two cheques of £20k to Ken Campbell and “the estate of the late Fred Fraser”…

The issue of Robinson’s sister’s church appears to have been resolved by Peter… £5k in cash (ie no record) according to McCambley is paid back to Robinson (the ‘kick back’)… He’s the only source…

Peter Robinson’s alleged role is to tell his wife that her agency in this deal was wrong and that the money had to be paid back (even though Iris is not benefiting from any of the reverse transactions)… So the critical question of benefit boils down to one figure… the £5k that McCambley says Iris forced him to pay her (The BBC makes no mention of the other £5k)… which may otherwise be a matter of “he said, she said”…

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