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Cyclist awarded €48,000 over faulty repair

A CYCLIST has been awarded €48,000 after being injured when a shop did not repair his bike properly.

Piotr Lizanowicz (27) was cycling down the Terenure Road in Dublin having collected it from the shop where it had been undergoing repairs.

He heard a noise from the front wheel, which appeared to lock and was thrown over the handlebars, fracturing his right elbow.

The 27-year-old cleaner sued Hollingsworth Cycles Ltd, Templeogue village, Dublin, for breach of contract and negligence. The claims were denied.

Mr Lizanowicz told the High Court the bike was about six months old and the incident happened when he had just collected it from the shop on April 20, 2009, having left it in to have the brakes fixed and broken spokes repaired.

Awarding him €48,000 yesterday, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne said she accepted Mr Lizanowicz, of Stratford Haven, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, did not fabricate his claim.

She agreed to put a stay on the award pending appeal, providing there was a payout of €20,000.

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