Criminal injury payouts 'too low'
The payouts are based on a fixed
scale of compensation Lawyers for a boy severely injured in an attack are
calling for a dramatic increase in the top level of government compensation
payable in criminal cases. Ewan Marrin got £500,000 after he was left partially
paralysed and blind in one eye by his mother's ex- boyfriend. His lawyers say
the sum is not adequate for the seven year-old's lifetime care. They say
personal injury cases in the civil courts can attract three times the top
Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme payout Ewan received.
Source: BBC.co.uk Date: Monday, 19
Script: Criminal Injury Payments
Setting: High Court – Glasgow
Judge: I find the accused guilty. By
way of punishment he will spend two months at Her Majesties Prison Barlinnie.
Accused: You big bastard – I didn’t
do it – I want a retrial . . .
Judge: Take him away.
(The accused is dragged from the
court screaming and protesting his innocence.)
Judge: And now the question of
criminal injury compensation for the victim. Because of the severity of the
injury I have no hesitation of awarding the sum of one-million pounds.
Victim: What? Just a measly
one-million – that’s rubbish.
Judge: Okay, £1,500,000
Victim: Oh come on – you can do
better than that!
Judge: All right, all right, make it
Member of the audience 1: Any advance
on two-million pounds?
Member of the audience 2: I’ll offer
Member of the audience 3: £2.2
Member of the audience 2: £2.4
Judge: Stop this! Stop this! Okay my
final offer is £2.5 million– take it or leave it.
Victim: All right, I’ll take it. But
to be honest you’re being rather stingy with the public’s hard earned money.
Considering my injuries I was really expecting about £5 million – after all it
could take several days for the bruise on my hand to heal.