Monday, 12 August 2019 11:17

Unreliable case

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A Scottish couple has had a compensation claim rejected after arguing one of their pedigree Highland cows got pregnant to their neighbour’s bull.

Bernard and Kathleen Allen, of Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, sought $24,000, claiming they repeatedly found Ozzy, a Belted Galloway bull, on land where they kept their livestock.

The Allens sought $24,000 compensation, says the BBC. But their neighbors, David and Janine Hargreaves, who have since moved, denied they were at fault for the condition of a boundary fence.

After hearing the case at Stornoway Sheriff Court in Lewis, a sheriff rejected the compensation claim. Sheriff David Sutherland ruled that the “real nature of the claim was a neighbor dispute”. 

While he said he did not doubt Mrs Allen was “extremely distressed” by the situation, “this does not excuse coming to court and presenting a case which is, at best, exaggerated and unreliable”.


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