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Monday, 6 December, 1999, 17:43 GMT
Machete victim 'deserves more money'
Sheridon and Francesca Quintyne Francesca received 8,000 pounds for her injuries

The family of a seven-year-old girl who was badly scarred in a machete attack are appealing over her compensation award.

Francesca Quintyne was one of four children hurt, along with teacher Lisa Potts, when a man armed with a machete burst into their school in Wolverhampton in 1996.

Francesca, who has a thick scar across her jaw from from her left ear to her mouth, received 7,950 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Lisa Potts Lisa Potts is backing Francesca's right to more money
Miss Potts - who won the George Medal for bravery for shielding the children - has backed calls by Francesca's lawyers for the case to be looked at again.

She says the claims procedure should also be speeded up.

Miss Potts, who suffered arm, back and facial injuries, has received 1,000 as an interim payment.

She says the compensation payments should reflect the fact that the effects of an attack do not disappear quickly.

Francesca's mother, Sheridon, believes the award took no account of the mental trauma Francesca continues to suffer.

Ms Quintyne told the BBC: "Our lives have been turned up side down completely.

"Francesca is completely changed which has had a knock-on effect with her sister and siblings and cousins. It has been a very hard three years."

She's going to have to live with this all the rest of her childhood and into her adulthood as well
The family's solicitor

Tom Jones, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: "What we are going to be saying is that this is an exceptional case with some very exceptional circumstances.

"The main one being the long term psychological consequences and also the long-term physical consequences of this injury.

"This is not something that is going to end today for Francesca, she's going to have to live with this all the rest of her childhood and into her adulthood as well."

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