Litigation Writs 29/10/96

The owners of a unique £185,000 Lamborghini, which was damaged after being stolen and involved in a police chase, are suing the Hotel for Fine Automobiles for compensation. The Lamborghini Countach Celebration 25th anniversary car had been left unattended, with the keys in the ignition, at a courtyard belonging to the hotel, where it was stored, according to the writ. However, the writ says the car was stolen and not found until the next day, when it had been damaged as a result of pursuit by police and the driving of the thief. Repairs to the car are estimated at £5,000, with £585 to replace the radio cassette player. It is also claimed that as a result of what has happened the car has lost about £25,000 in value. The writ has been issued by Kriss Kiri Holdings, of London NW3, and Chris Kyriacoudis, of London NW8, against the Hotel for Fine Automobiles and General Accident.

Writ issued by Black Graf and Co, London NW

High Court action has been launched on behalf of a 10-year-old girl from Tring, Hertfordshire, who suffered brain damage after being deprived of oxygen during a routine tonsil operation. The writ issued by Melvyn Poree on behalf of his daughter Kayleigh is against Dr Eric Ernst, of the AMI Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. It alleges the operation in February 1991 should have been a routine procedure for the removal of tonsils and adenoids, and the insertion of ear grommets. However, the effects prevent Kayleigh from riding a bike, she falls regularly because of her poor balance, and finds it difficult to use both hands in a coordinated manner.

Writ issued by Blatchfords, London WC1, agents for Miller Jerrard Jaye, London NW

A couple who were badly injured on holiday in Turkey when a minibus they were travelling in crashed and rolled down an embankment have launched a damages claim against tour operators Sunquest Holidays of London N4. The writ issued by company director Stanley Gunn and his teacher wife, Eileen, says the accident happened on the last day of a fortnight's holiday in Turkey in July 1993 as they were being driven from their hotel to the airport. The minibus went out of control and left the road, seriously injuring the Gunns. The driver was later convicted of dangerous driving by a Turkish court.

Writ issued by Hudson Freeman Berg, London W1