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Toyshop pays €10,000 to girl after bike fell in front of her

A two-year-old girl who suffered post-traumatic stress after a bicycle crashed to the ground in front of her in a toy shop has received a €10,000 settlement.

Barrister David Staunton told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that little Katie Campbell narrowly escaped physical injury when the bike fell directly in her path from a shelf 14ft above her head.

He said Katie, who is now almost six, had been with her father, John Campbell, of Foxbrook, Ratoath, Co Meath, in October, 2007, browsing in the Smyths Toys shop in the Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co Dublin, when the incident happened.

Mr Staunton told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that the bicycle had not struck Katie but she had afterwards shown signs of anxiety and suffered nightmares.

He told the court that her GP had referred her to consultant child psychologist Mr Andrew Conway.

On the basis of symptoms including hypersensitivity to noise such as thunderstorms and fireworks, and an unwillingness to engage with other children, Mr Conway diagnosed her as having suffered a post-traumatic reaction of a moderate type.

Mr Campbell, a social worker, was unable to attend court with his daughter yesterday.

Mr Justice Deery approved a €10,000 settlement offer by Smyths Toys Ltd and costs.

Irish Independent