Progress stalls on family patch up

By Imran Ali

More than half a year after "Lion Man" Craig Busch and his mother came together to resolve their differences, both parties are uncertain about a second meeting.

Mr Busch and Patricia Busch met during a High Court-initiated discussion in July last year to sort out matters after years of in-fighting and legal battles.

Among the issues both sides discussed was a High Court injunction on ownership of the big cats and Mrs Busch's allegation that processes regarding the sale of the park were flawed.

Also under discussion was Mrs Busch suing him for defamation after he posted a video on You Tube in which he allegedly made defamatory claims about events on the day big cat handler Dalu MnCube was mauled to death by a tiger.

Mrs Busch yesterday told the Advocate that apart from two telephone conferences since the first meeting, no one had contacted her to discuss how and when the second round of discussions would be held.

She said when her son left the first meeting early to attend to other urgent matters, she thought he was not particularly serious about resolving matters.

"I thought they [Mr Busch's team] were buying more time, and since Craig went overseas, things got further delayed," she said.

Mrs Busch said a tremendous amount of work went into their first meeting, and she would be disappointed if some sort of a settlement was not reached in future. "While we're waiting, I'll be working on an analysis for the judge on what the issues are and at the same time will try and get legal aid."

On whether she was willing to work with Mr Busch, she replied: "I am just extremely disappointed he's following this path. It's very disappointing for his mother to have to face something like this."

Mr Busch's spokeswoman Jill Albrow refused to comment on, among other things, his willingness to attend future meetings, saying the matter was before the courts.

- Northern Advocate

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