Litigation Writs 01/11/94

A trainee pub manager is suing the Metropolitan Police for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment after being cleared of drug charges. Andrew Kownacki, of Lincoln, is seeking compensation after an incident while he was working as a trainee assistant manager at the Three Kings pub in Talgarth Road, London W10. The writ says he was arrested on 17 May 1991 when 200 police swooped on the premises making a number of arrests.

Later he was charged with and prosecuted for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and permitting the premises to be used for the supply of controlled drugs but was cleared on both counts.

Writ issued by Cartwrights, Bristol. K755

A Barnet man severely injured when a lorry crashed into a parked lorry he was asleep in is suing the driver of the other vehicle for damages. Michael Connolly is suing John Lappage of Barnsley and his employers, Sanmar Container Services of Wakefield. The accident happened on 11 November 1992, as Connolly was asleep in the driver's carriage of a lorry parked in a layby alongside the A1 in North Muskham. Connolly suffered fractures to his rib, right thumb, right leg and left thigh, broken teeth, extensive bruising, cuts, thrombosis, and other injuries. He has not worked since.

Writ issued by Magrath & Co, London W1. C2300

Worthing solicitors Coole & Haddock are being sued by a man whose defence they handled when he was accused of assault. Matthew Smith, of Slough, who was released from a five-year sentence for wounding after a successful appeal, accuses them of negligence. Smith served 15 months and 11 days of his sentence before his conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal and he was released.

Writ issued by Russell-Cooke Potter & Chapman, London SW15. S2307