Girl (4) left scarred by glass in park is awarded €20,000
A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl who fell on broken glass in a public park and was left permanently scarred has been awarded €20,000.
Croi Robinson, now aged four, of Crumlin Road, Dublin, was playing in Brickfield Park, Drimnagh, when she fell as she ran towards a slide, Judge Matthew Deery heard.
Croi, who sued Dublin City Council through her mother, Theresa, had been shocked and shaken by the incident.
Barrister Eileen McAuley told the Circuit Civil Court that the accident, on February 7 last year, has left Croi with a jagged scar just below her left knee.
Ms McAuley said she had to be rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital where she was immediately taken to theatre to have the wound cleaned and stitched under general anaesthesia.
She said that while Croi had made a full recovery, she had suffered a deep laceration to her left knee and had been left with a permanent one-inch long scar which may require plastic surgery later.
Ms McAuley said the accident had happened on a Monday, and it transpired that youths had been drinking in the park over the weekend.
Council staff had not carried out any clearing up prior to opening the park to the public.
Judge Deery approved a €20,000 settlement and costs offer to Croi by the Council.