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pounds 1m bar fall claim rejected.

A BUTCHER crippled when he fell off a bar stool after a drinking binge has lost a pounds 1million compensation claim.

William Joy, who is now paralysed from the neck down, had sunk beer and 14 vodkas after work in September 1989.

Yesterday 37-year-old Joy's claim for damages against the Copper Room bar in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was dismissed at Belfast High Court. Mr Joy's solicitor said: "This is a shattering decision.

"We don't know where it leaves him. But we may appeal."

Mr Justice Campbell had heard how Joy, whose spine is broken, had been on a pub crawl. His last port of call was Michael Newell's Copper Room.

He did not remember getting there, but did recall waking up on his settee at his home unable to move.

Mr Newell and his staff had carried him there after he fell.

Mr Joy had sat through the long hearing but was not in court yesterday because his electric wheelchair had broken down.
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Author:Gorrod, Joe
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 28, 1998
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