Litigation Writs 28/02/95

A boy whose mother died after falling from a hospital window is suing the London health authority controlling the hospital. Joolyon Gibbs, who sues through his grandmother Cherry Cummings, has issued a writ claiming damages from Rohn and Haas, of Masons Avenue, Croydon, and Camberwell Health Authority, of King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE3. His mother, Cheryl Cummings, died on 6 January 1992 after falling from a broken window at Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, the previous day, according to the writ. It claims that Rohn and Haas was negligent in its design and manufacture of the window and that the health authority was negligent in its installation and maintenance of the window. The claim is brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934. Writ issued by Steel & Shamash, London SE1. G2148

Two children whose mother was killed in a car crash are now suing their father. Philip and Byron Vassilades have issued a High Court writ claiming damages from their father Nicholas Vassilades after their mother Anthibbi's death on 16 October. She was a front seat passenger in her husband's Porsche Carrera when it mounted the kerb and hit a tree. The writ says Nicholas Vassilades later pleaded guilty at Dorchester Crown Court on 9 January 1990 to causing death by dangerous driving. Writ issued by Reid Minty & Co, London W1. V770

Nottinghamshire sub-post master Alva Harewood is being sued by the Post Office following a raid on his premises. Post Office Counters has issued a writ against Harewood claiming u16,914 and interest. Harewood is contesting the claim. The writ says that Harewood is bound by POC's rules, one of which states that he agrees to make good any losses caused through his own negligence or that of his assistants. It alleges that on 17 October 1989 losses of u16,914 were discovered. These formed u14,329 cash, the balance made up by missing motor vehicle licences. It is claimed they had been stolen by Harewood, an unknown assistant or a stranger. POC says if the theft was carried out by a stranger, then it was through Harewood's negligence or that of an assistant. It says the cash and licences had been in an unlocked counter drawer and that the premises had been left unattended. Writ issued by Brian Holland, Croydon. P107