Thursday 15 November 2018

€18,700 for teen who was bitten by large Husky

Santa (17) and her mum, Mara Gicevica, pictured outside the Four courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Santa (17) and her mum, Mara Gicevica, pictured outside the Four courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts

Ray Managh

A 15-year-old student was attacked by a large Husky dog which was on a lead and under the control of its owner's daughter, a judge heard yesterday.

Judge Terence O'Sullivan was told in the Circuit Civil Court that as the animal was passing Santa Gicevica on the footpath near her home in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, it jumped at her, scratching her face and biting her arm.

Barrister Naoise MacEoin, who appeared for the girl, said Santa, who is now aged 17, had been walking home from football training when she was attacked near Rathmere Crescent, Tyrrelstown.

Ms MacEoin told the court that although scratches to Santa's face had healed quite quickly, the marks were sometimes highlighted in cold weather. The dog had bitten deeply into Santa's arm and she had required a tetanus injection.

Santa sued Andrej Nesterovic, of Bellyree Rise, Tyrrelstown, through her mother Mara Gicevica, Bealing Close, Tyrrelstown.

Ms MacEoin said the incident occurred on October 19, 2016, and Santa had been taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital where her wounds were cleaned and dressed.

The dog had been on a leash and under the control of the respondent's daughter at the time.

Judge O'Sullivan told Ms MacEoin a €18,700 settlement offer she and Carmody Moran Solicitors had negotiated for Santa was a good one. He directed the money be paid into court funds until Santa's 18th birthday next year and made an order for costs in favour of Ms Gicevica's legal team.

Irish Independent

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