Sunday 4 December 2016

Boy seriously injured when heavy gate collapsed settles High Court action for €73,000

Published 10/03/2016 | 17:02

Stefan Anton and Elena Dreucean leave the High Court after the hearing. Photo: Courtpix
Stefan Anton and Elena Dreucean leave the High Court after the hearing. Photo: Courtpix

A BOY who was seriously injured when a heavy gate he was playing beside collapsed has settled his High Court action for €73,000.

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Angel Dreucean was five when the nine-foot high gate suddenly snapped off its hinges as he played in a Dublin inner city flat complex.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told it took firemen 55 minutes to extract the boy from under the gate.

Angel, now aged 10, of Grange Park Drive, Raheny, Dublin, through his father Stefan Anton Dreucean, sued Dublin City Council as a result of the accident on November 8, 2011.

It was claimed the boy was playing on or near the entrance gate to the North Clarence Street Flats car park at Summerhill  when the accident happened.

It was alleged the council had failed to properly maintain or repair the gate and  failed to exercise any reasonable care towards children

in the car park.

The claims were denied.

The boy suffered a fracture to his femur and injuries to his leg, the court heard.  He was rushed to Temple street Hospital and had to

undergo a hip operation.

As a result of the accident, his left leg is about two centimetres shorter than his right, the court was told.

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