Insurers must pay €36,500 for SUV burned out by vandals
A PHOTOGRAPHER has been awarded €36,500 against his insurance company Zurich after the Toyota Land Cruiser that he was driving was burned out by vandals.
Patrick O'Leary (53), told the Circuit Civil Court he had been loaned the vehicle by a garage while it carried out repairs to his car. The Land Cruiser was burned out on the night of the November 18, 2009, while it was parked outside his mother's home at Oxmantown Road, Dublin.
Mr O'Leary, of Ashington Green, Dublin, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that he felt the area was secure as it was covered by CCTV.
Barrister Martin Collins said Zurich Insurance PLC, of Ballsbridge Park, Dublin, refused to pay Mr O'Leary compensation, claiming that he had left it unlocked and with the rear windows partly open. As a result, the company refused cover.
But Judge Deery awarded Mr O'Leary a decree for €36,500, to be passed on to Francis McCann Car Sales, of Naas Road, which had loaned him the vehicle.