Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2008] All ER (D) 163 (Jun)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court

Mitting J

Representation Stephen Cragg (instructed by Deighton Guedella) for the claimant.
  Jeremy Johnson (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the panel.
Judgment Dates: 13 June 2008


Compensation - Criminal injuries - Entitlement to compensation - Conduct of victim - Appeal panel finding that victim remaining in street after argument and calling reinforcements to continue argument or fight - Victim stabbed to death in street - Panel finding victim's conduct to be 'inappropriate' and refusing to make award - Whether panel giving sufficient reasons - Whether decision irrational.

The Case

In all the circumstances, the respondent panel had been entitled to refuse to make an award under the 2001 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in respect of A, who was stabbed to death in a fight that had broken out in the street after an argument in a house, on the basis of their findings in relation to the incident in question, namely that having left the house after the argument, A had remained in the street and had called for reinforcements to continue the argument or the fight, and that it was reasonably foreseeable that those reinforcements might be armed. Adequate reasons had been given for that conclusion.

Practice Areas

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