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Judge speeds up €12k damages award so teen gymnastics fan can attend Commonwealth Games

Ray Managh

Published 18/07/2014 | 11:46

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Handout photo from Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay of Batonbearer 030 Lynne Mitchell with the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton at the Titan crane in Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire
Handout photo from Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay of Batonbearer 030 Lynne Mitchell with the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton at the Titan crane in Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire

A judge today slightly loosened the purse strings on a damages award for personal injuries so that a schoolgirl can attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next week.

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Judge John O’Hagan, after hearing she was a huge fan of gymnastics, told 13-year-old Caitlin Fanning in the Circuit Civil Court he would release enough money to cover the expense of her travelling to the games.

Barrister Ciaran Lawlor told the court that Caitlin, who is a budding actress, had been injured while preparing for her part in the end of year production of the Pamela Hughes Performing Arts School and Casting Agency.

He said the school, which trades as Take 2, had been staging a play in May 2011 at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin, when Caitlin was injured.

Mr Lawlor said the dressing room where the incident occurred consisted of make-up tables with mirrors surrounded by exposed light bulbs.  Caitlin had been sitting on the desk when her arm contacted and was burned by one of the exposed bulbs.

He told the court that Caitlin, pictured above, had been offered a settlement of €12,500 on behalf of the Pamela Hughes Performing Arts School and Casting Agency, Brighton Road, Foxrock.

Mr Lawlor, recommending the court’s approval, said Caitlin’s arm was marked for a period of about 18 months but had been left unscarred. Liability and contributory negligence had been raised by both defendants.

Judge O’Hagan approved the €12,500 settlement and directed a pay-out of €950 to cover the cost of Caitlin attending a number of gymnastic sports games including Glasgow.

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