Wednesday 21 March 2018

Teacher's parking incident claims dismissed

Ray Managh

A 37-year-old schoolteacher, described as a "serial litigator," attempted to stop an elderly Multiple Sclerosis sufferer from parking her car in a space reserved for disabled motorists, a judge heard yesterday.

Barrister Fred Gilligan said Christian (Chris) Morris, of Seagrove, Claremont Road, Howth, Co Dublin, had issued four "frivolous, vexatious and unstateable" claims against Superquinn's Sutton, Co Dublin, store arising out of the incident.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane heard in the Circuit Civil Court that when Mr Morris had seen Vera Duffy, who walks with the aid of crutches, park her car, which did not have a disabled driver sticker, he had prevented her from going to a hairdressers.

Mr Gilligan, for Select Retail Holdings Ltd, which trades as Superquinn, said the claims included one for alleged defamation of Mr Morris's character by Superquinn staff.

Mr Morris consented to the Superquinn cases being struck out and gave an undertaking to the court that he would not sue the store again without permission of the president of the Circuit Court.

Judge Linnane also dismissed a claim Mr Morris had taken out against Ms Duffy, a registered disabled housewife, of Howth Road, Clontarf, Dublin. Mr Morris had claimed Ms Duffy had defamed him by making a false statement to gardai about the parking incident at Sutton Superquinn.

Kevin Staunton, for Ms Duffy, said the gardai had been called to the parking incident in March 2007. Mr Morris had been charged with having caused a breach of the peace and this had been dismissed by a District Court judge.

Mr Morris believed that his acquittal meant he was entitled to sue Ms Duffy for making allegations against him in her statement.

The claim against Ms Duffy was struck out. Ms Duffy was granted an order preventing Mr Morris from taking further legal action against her without first obtaining liberty of the court.

Irish Independent

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