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Uranium High Court battle resumes
Richard David
Mr David began working at the company in 1985
A former defence worker says his marriage collapsed as a result of exposure to depleted uranium at a Somerset factory, a court has heard.

Resuming his High Court action on Tuesday, Richard David, of Seaton, Devon, is claiming damages against Normalair Garrett.

The company, now owned by Honeywell Aerospace, denies depleted uranium was ever used at the plant in Yeovil.

Mr David, 50, left work through ill health in 1995.

He claims medical tests have revealed mutations to his DNA and damage to his chromosomes which could only have been caused by ionising radiation.

Scientific questions

The former component fitter on fighter planes and bombers says he now suffers from illnesses including respiratory problems, kidney defects, bowel conditions and painful joints.

The action began last December and was adjourned after Mr David lost public funding and had to prepare his own case.

At the time, Mr David said that radiation from the uranium isotope had ruined his health and robbed him of the ability to earn a living.

At the resumption of the action Mr David said that his family life and marriage had collapsed because of his disability.

Rejecting his applications for further disclosure of documents and for further evidence to be admitted, Mr Justice Walker said that the estimated seven-week case should proceed.

He commented that the effects of depleted uranium were a matter of debate among scientists, politicians and campaigners and said the court was not concerned with political or campaigning questions, but with the scientific questions as to Mr David's illness and the effects of depleted uranium.

The company denies liability.




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