Traveller family to receive £50,000 in compensation for broken caravan wheel
In a landmark case today, the O’Hare family, a traveller family based in Derbyshire, was awarded £50,000 in compensation from Derbyshire County Council after a wheel was broken on Patrick O’Hare’s mobile home as council workers moved it to a brand new tax payer funded traveller’s site.
In his ruling, Judge James Rostock, noted that the council workers had been negligent whilst moving the home, because they had not pre-inflated the tires before the move, adding that assuming that a traveller family would actually prepare to move their home themselves these days was ‘idiotic’.
In summarising the case, the judge also added that the large amount of compensation was due to the family not being taken seriously by the council workers when they first told them there was a problem. Although when asked to defend their actions, the council workers, who cannot be named, protested that ‘They couldn’t understand a word the family were saying’.
Irish travellers are a minority ethnic group in the UK and are thus given protected status. Labour Councillor Vikram Murphy spoke to BFNN about the outcome of the case outside the courthouse: ‘If I’m honest, I expected a higher amount of compensation, the traveller community continually gets no respect or hand outs from the British government and its time this came to and end, I’m just happy that the family can now use this money to fix the broken wheel and move on.’
We spoke to Seamus O’Hare, the cousin of the owner of the mobile home in question to shed some light on the case from the plaintiff’s point of view: ‘Ahh, we be jes glad dat da whole ting be over now, too many people wanted ta take some of our monies when they found out we had won, but to be honest witchya, we’d already spent it on a wedding, ya know? [sic]’.
Outcome of a similar case in which a traveller family are suing for compensation after a wedding dress was destroyed after the bride tried to fit through the doors at a Waitrose supermarket is as yet unknown as the case is ongoing.