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Man who claims he fell from third floor hotel window denies jumping after row over eating girlfriend's starter, court hears

Tim Healy

Published 09/06/2015 | 17:50

The Old Bank House hotel in Kinsale
The Old Bank House hotel in Kinsale

A MAN suing over injuries he says he sustained in a fall from a third floor hotel window has denied he jumped after a row with his girlfriend.

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"I am not going to jump out of a window because my partner was pissed off because I ate her starter" Jason Platt (43)  told the High Court.

Mr Platt, from Liverpool in England, is seeking damages for what he says were life-changing injuries sustained in the fall from the Old Bank House, Kinsale, Co Cork, on February 15, 2009.

He told  the court there was "no row  no raised voices and no screaming."

He was being cross examined in the second day of his action against OBH Luxury Accommodation Ltd with offices at Pearse Street, Kinsale, and company director Ciaran Fitzgerald as a result of the accident.

He has claimed there was an alleged failure to provide him with a safe hotel room and to have appropriate restraining mechanisms or safety bars  fitted to the hotel windows.

He claimed he was  flicking ash from a cigarette  because he was in a no smoking bedroom when he fell out the window.

The hotel owners deny his claims and say he threw himself from the window following a heated argument with his girlfriend Christine McKenna with whom he had travelled for a Valentine's weekend trip.

Mr Platt had earlier said in evidence he opened the right side of the third floor window and was smoking and "trying to blow smoke so no alarm would go off".

The court heard Mr Platt had landed on a pitched roof of a post office building below, and it took a number of hours to free him before he was transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

He suffered fractures to his spine, hip and thigh as well as several rib fractures. After three weeks he was transferred to a Liverpool hospital.

As a result of his injuries, Mr Platt has claimed he is unable to live independently and has to use crutches and a wheelchair.

John Lucey, counsel for the defendants, put to Mr Platt that his girlfriend had told gardai he had jumped from the window after they had an argument and that she initially did not go to the hospital with him.

Mr Platt replied "I did not jump".

The case before Mr Justice Bernard Barton continues.

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