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Last Updated: Friday, 15 September 2006, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
2.1m for woman injured by horse
A young woman who was brain damaged when she was kicked in the head by a horse 10 years ago has been awarded 2.1m in damages.

Katie Witcombe was 13 when she was injured in April 1996 as she helped out at Four Winds Equestrian Centre, near Spalding, Lincolnshire.

She was in a field trying to catch her horse when another horse galloped down with some others and kicked out.

Katie suffered a severe head injury and now requires 24-hour care.

'Long road'

She lives in her own home near her parents, Bob and Daphne, of Captains Beck, Pinchbeck, Spalding.

Her counsel, Catherine Howells, told Mr Justice Wilkie at London's High Court that liability was agreed at 70% in Katie's favour in 1998 and the amount of damages had now been resolved.

"It is the view of those who represent Katie, that the proposed settlement is a reasonable, fair and proportionate one, reflecting her losses and her needs for the future."

Winston Hunter QC, representing Paula Matthews-Leverton, trading as Four Winds, said that his client and the insurers recognised the devotion which Katie's family had shown.

"We express the wish that the settlement will go some way to ensuring that she can live as normal a life as she is able, having regard to the nature of her injuries."

After the judge had approved the settlement, Katie's solicitor, Yasmin Ameer, said that it had been a long road.

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