Gary Lucking has misplaced his declare for £120,000 damages from his native council after social media posts undermined his claims he had been significantly injured by hitting a manhole
A bike owner who claimed he was badly injured hitting a manhole and will get an enormous taxpayer-funded compensation payout has misplaced his case after social media posts confirmed him participating in a Powerful Mudder race.
Gary Lucking claimed he suffered a severe fracture and misplaced energy in his elbow after hitting an uncovered manhole in Middlewich, Cheshire, which has since left him in ‘fixed ache’.
However investigators discovered his social media posts boasting he had taken half in a 75 mile charity bike experience to Blackpool and run a ‘hardcore’ 10 mile ‘Powerful Mudder’ race.
A decide has now thrown out his declare for £140,000 compensation from his native council, branding his proof ‘unreliable, implausible and inconsistent’.
The 44-year-old launched the six-figure damages declare towards Cheshire East Council, alleging their negligence had induced accidents that meant he may not get pleasure from his favorite pastime.
Lucking has been ordered to pay the council’s authorized prices after the case fell aside this month
Lucking stated he had been compelled to surrender biking and promote his bike after hitting an uncovered manhole in Middlewich, Cheshire, early within the morning of January 20, 2014.
He initially tried to sue the council for the six-figure sum, nevertheless this was challenged by the council’s attorneys at an earlier listening to and diminished to a most of £20,000 for authorized causes.
However additional investigations discovered his social media pages had been stuffed with his exploits which as effectively the a charity experience to Blackpool, and dust race confirmed him circuit coaching, weight-lifting and rowing.
However Deputy District Decide Peter Causton stated his credibility had been ‘shot to items’ by the social media proof.
He made findings of elementary dishonesty and ordered Lucking to pay the council’s prices, that are but to be decided.
A decide stated social media posts about him participating in a Powerful Mudder race (pictured in file photograph) undermined his claims of harm
After the case Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cupboard member for atmosphere, stated: ‘This was a blatant try to defraud the council and the borough’s taxpayers with a bogus declare for an accident that was under no circumstances related with the authority or any defect within the highway.
‘I agree with our authorized representatives, Weightmans LLP, who acknowledged the declare was fraudulent to the core. This case was an instance of how native authorities confronted vital fraud challenges.
‘I want to pay tribute to the 2 members of the general public whose honesty and proof in court docket enabled the council to problem this cynical declare.
‘We, like all native authorities, are required to guard public funds and this sends out the message that we are going to problem claims that we really feel are fraudulent.’