Secondary victims revisited: Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne – Cloisters

‘Claims by secondary victims are subject to well-known control mechanisms. The classic statement of which came in Alcock v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police[1]:

there must be a close tie of love and affection with the person killed, injured or imperilled;
there must be proximity in time and space to the incident or its immediate aftermath;
the incident or its immediate aftermath must have been directly perceived;
the psychiatric injury must be induced by a sudden shocking event.’

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Cloisters, 14th April 2016

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Is a mere roof enough? – Nearly Legal

‘An application for interim relief in a judicial review of Lambeth’s refusal to provide interim accommodation pending review of the claimant’s homeless application, but one that leaves me thinking (or perhaps hoping) that there must have been more to this than appears in the Lawtel note.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th February 2016

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Ex-BA flight attendant sues G4S after witnessing death of Jimmy Mubenga – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2015 in airlines, news, post-traumatic stress disorder, unlawful killing, witnesses by sally

‘A former British Airways flight attendant is suing G4S for more than £100,000 after witnessing the death of Jimmy Mubenga, a deportee who suffocated while being restrained by security guards employed by the firm.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2015

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Subjective suitability – Nearly Legal

‘At issue in this second appeal from a s.204 appeal was whether it was reasonable for Ms Poshteh to have refused an offer of accommodation. Both parties agreed that the property was objectively suitable. The question then was the second part of the two stage test in Housing Act 1996 section 193(7F):

(7F) The local housing authority shall not –

(a) make a final offer of accommodation under Part 6 for the purposes of subsection (7);

… unless they are satisfied that the accommodation is suitable for the applicant and that it is reasonable for him to accept the offer.”’

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Nearly Legal, 2nd August 2015

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I wish I could pass a longer jail term, judge tells stalker – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge speaks of frustration at only being able to jail a stalker, who drove female GP to a mental breakdown, for five years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2015

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Former Met police officer avoids prison after being caught possessing thousands of child abuse images ‘because of his background’ – The Independent

‘A former Met police officer who was caught with nearly two and a half thousand indecent images and films of children has avoided a prison sentence after a judge cited “his background” as a mitigating factor.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2014

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British soldier with mental disorder extradited to US – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2014 in armed forces, extradition, fraud, news, post-traumatic stress disorder by tracey

‘A British soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder said he had been disowned by the British government as he was extradited to the United States on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2014

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Sex abuse victim has post traumatic stress from court questioning – BBC News

‘A sex abuse victim says a cross-examination in court in Jersey was so aggressive she has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).’


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BBC News, 23rd June 2014

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Judge calls for action to help soldiers sufering PTSD as he spares veteran – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge warns increasing numbers of soldiers suffering post traumatic stress disorder are coming before the courts as he says “I don’t think we give enough credit to the men who are prepared to lay down their lives on a daily basis for us.”‘

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2014

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Whiston man jailed for killing abusive former stepfather – BBC News

‘A man who killed his abusive former stepfather by running him over in his car has been jailed for three years.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2014

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Train driver traumatised by death on tracks fights loss of compensation – The Independent

‘It was around midday on 31 March 2012 that Nik Douglas’s life changed forever. The 37-year-old train driver was travelling through Northallerton station on the way to Newcastle when he saw a man in his sixties standing alone on the platform. He thought nothing of the lone figure, turning instead to check the opposite platform. By the time Mr Douglas looked back again, the man was crouching on the tracks in front of his train. But because of a recent change in the law, Mr Douglas could be the last person in the country to receive compensation for such trauma.’

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The Independent, 5th May 2014

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Lee Bonsall inquest: Coroner calls for mental health review – BBC News

‘A former soldier found hanged gave no indication he was intending to harm himself, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2014

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Soldier jailed for killing daughter after returning from Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘A soldier who killed his 20-month-old daughter after surviving a rogue attack in Afghanistan has been jailed for six years.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2014

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Battered wife Sally Stickland ran over husband with car – BBC News

‘A woman who ran over her husband after suffering years of domestic violence has been given a suspended prison term.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2013

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Imposing strict conditions on release of terrorist offender did not breach Article 8 – UK Human Rights Blog

“Tabbakh, R (on the application of) v Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust and others [2013] EWHC 2492 (Admin). The claimant, a Syrian national, was serving the non-custodial part of a seven year sentence imposed for an offence of preparing a terrorist act. He was released automatically on licence on 23 June 2011, having served half his sentence. He took proceedings for judicial review contending that he had had no meaningful opportunity to participate in the process when his licence conditions were determined and that this constituted a breach of the procedural guarantees under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th August 2013

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Shrien Dewani lawyers launch bid to fight extradition in supreme court – The Guardian

“Lawyers acting for honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani are launching a bid to take his case to the supreme court.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2013

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Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani faces extradition – BBC News

“Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife Anni’s death.”

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BBC News, 24th July 2013

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Shrien Dewani awaits ruling on bid to fight extradition to South Africa – The Guardian

“Shrien Dewani will discover on Wednesday whether his latest bid to delay his extradition to South Africa to face trial over his wife’s death has succeeded.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2013

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Fraud claim soldier David McIntyre to be extradited – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2013 in armed forces, extradition, fraud, news, post-traumatic stress disorder by sally

“A former soldier who said he would rather kill himself than face fraud allegations in the US has been told by the government he will be extradited.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2013

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Taylor and another v A Novo (UK) Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 26th, 2013 in appeals, law reports, negligence, post-traumatic stress disorder by sally

Taylor and another v A Novo (UK) Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 194; [2013] WLR (D) 119

“A person who suffered psychiatric illness (post-traumatic stress disorder), after witnessing the sudden collapse and death of her mother who had been injured at work by the admitted negligence of the defendant employer some three weeks earlier, did not have a right of action as a secondary victim for damages against the defendant, since there was an insufficient relationship of proximity between the person suffering the psychiatric illness and the defendant.”

WLR Daily, 18th March 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk