Saturday 24 March 2018

'I did not have a drop of drink taken' - Farmer slipped on hotel floor following afternoon tea dance, court hears

Benjamin Stanley (67)
Benjamin Stanley (67) PIC: COURTPIX

A retired council worker and farmer slipped in the foyer of a hotel after an afternoon tea dance, the High Court heard.

Benjamin Stanley (67) attended a dancing event on Easter Sunday 2009 at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Co  Laois, and was walking through the foyer later when he claims his leg went from under him.

"I did not have a drop of drink taken. I slipped on some matter on the floor," he told Mr Justice Anthony Barr.

He said he hurt his shoulder and later had to have surgery.   He enjoyed dancing  and said attended the event every Sunday where he could waltz, jive and do the quick step and fox trot.

Mr Stanley, of Ballygaddy,  Clareen, Birr, Co  Offaly has sued Seosamh Murphy, owner of the hotel, and the licensee, Dal Riada Taverns Ltd.

He claims that on April 12, 2009  he was caused to slip as he walked through the hotel foyer. He has claimed there was an alleged failure to properly monitor or control the condition of the floor.

The defendants deny the claims  and say Mr Stanley was rushing.  They also say the floor was checked every two hours by staff.

Mr Stanley, the court heard, had to later  have surgery after suffering a tear to a tendon in his shoulder.

In evidence, Mr Stanley said he had dinner at the hotel before taking took part in the evening ballroom dancing session

The place, he said, was full with about 200 or 300 people there .

He had danced with a few ladies from Northern Ireland and when they were leaving he accompanied them to their car.

He was on his way across the hotel foyer to go to the toilet when the accident happened.

He drove home afterwards but in the  middle of the night he called the doctor because he was in pain.

He said he did not see anything on the foyer floor, but he would not have slipped if there was not something there.

"I felt something under my shoe." he added.

Under cross examination, he denied he was rushing to the toilet.

The case continues.

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