Girl injured while fleeing groper awarded €100,000
A YOUNG woman who sustained a serious leg injury on holiday while trying to get away from a man who was groping her has been awarded €100,000 damages by the High Court, writes Aodhan O'Faolain.
Laura Monaghan suffered what Mr Justice John Hedigan described as "a serious and unpleasant" injury as a result of falling from a platform while trying to escape Martin O'Brien.
The incident occurred while Ms Monaghan was on holiday on the Greek island of Kos in May, 2003, when she was 16.
Ms Monaghan (25), of Clondalkin, Dublin, sued Martin O'Brien, with addresses in Co Tipperary and Co Offaly, for assault.
The case was before the court for assessment of damages only, as judgment had previously been obtained against O'Brien.
The court heard that Ms Monaghan was out dancing in Kos when O'Brien groped her. She tried to move away, but O'Brien's actions caused her to trip. As she fell her leg struck a glass counter.
She sustained serious injuries to her left leg, including torn muscle.