Litigation Writs 13/09/94

Michael Slater, a prisoner at Longlarton jail, is suing the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for the return of more than u37,000 in banknotes. Slater claims he was owner of a wooden box containing u36,860 in cash at a house in Stoke Newington, London, u700 cash at a London EC1 address and an A-reg Mazda car, which were seized by police on 6 August 1993 during an investigation into a conspiracy to supply prohibited drugs.

Slater was prosecuted as a party to the conspiracy, and his assets were subject to a restraint order under the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986. But after his conviction for the offence, the trial judge held that Slater had no benefit from drug trafficking and no confiscation order was made against him for the goods. The restraint order was discharged by Mr Justice Hidden on 2 June this year. However he claims police have refused to return the money and property and he is now claiming its return, with interest.

Writ issued by Saunders & Co, London

The Home Office is being sued by a man who claims he received serious injuries while serving a life sentence. William Hought, who has been released on licence from his sentence, claims he injured his neck on 14 October 1983 while moving hundredweight bags of sugar from a lorry at Nottingham Prison. He claims that as he moved the sugar his shoulder gave way, causing him to injure his neck. Now Hought, 51, accuses the Home Office of negligence for alleged failure to provide a safe system of work, failure to instruct him how to carry the bags, failure to provide him with assistance, failure to provide lifting equipment and causing him to lift an object of such weight and in such circumstances as to cause injury to him.

Writ issued by Leeds Day, St Neots, Huntingdon. H1771

A light aircraft passenger, badly injured in a crash shortly after take-off, is suing the pilot. Former delivery van driver, John Lang, 50, of Bracknell, Berkshire, is claiming damages from Stanley Long, of Crowthorne, Berkshire, and owners of the Cessna 172, Lowden Aviation Ltd, of Aldershot. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Newbury Race Course on 23 October last year and Mr Lang was rushed unconscious to hospital where he needed intensive care treatment

Writ issued by Metcalfe and Mather, Bagshot, Surrey. L1216.