Singapore High Court rules against Thai teenager lawsuit: The High Court of Singapore has ruled against the lawsuit of a Thai teenager who lost both of her legs when she fell onto the tracks of the Ang Mo Kio MRT station in 2011, according to reports.
The now 16-year-old girl, Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, had sued transport operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore for $3.4 million, arguing that the defendants had been negligent in their duty of care by their failure to ensure that the station was reasonably safe for passengers, said reports.
But in the 81-page written High Court’s judgment released on Thursday, Justice Vinodh Coomaaraswamy dismissed the lawsuit’s claim.
He found that the Ang Mo Kio MRT station was “reasonably safe” at the time of the teenager’s injury, and therefore the defendants were not liable in negligence for the injuries suffered, according to a Straits Times report.
“The plaintiff’s injuries are undoubtedly tragic, especially for one so young,” said Justice Vinodh Coomaaraswamy. “But the law of negligence awards compensation based on a defendant’s culpability, not simply because a plaintiff has suffered harm.”
The incident in question occurred on April 3, 2011, and the trial lasted from Oct 29 to Nov 20, 2012, during which 13 witnesses testified in court, including Nitcharee herself.
The $3.4 million figure in the lawsuit included the estimated costs of her medical bills, as well as the 20 pairs of prosthetic legs she is expected to need over the rest of her lifetime, according to reports.