Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Ex-policewoman's battle for payout after accident

A former policewoman who says her career in the force was ruined by the trauma of a road crash as a squad car rushed to attend an emergency is battling for compensation.

Jocelyn Lyons claims the accident has left her depressed and sometimes suicidal.

She was a probationary constable who had been in the Kent force for less than a year when the squad car in which she was a front-seat passenger, crashed into another vehicle on July 13, 2002, London's High Court heard.

Miss Lyons, now 34, was left so badly injured and traumatised by the accident that she had to be medically retired in 2009 and has returned to live with her parents in her native Armagh.

Describing how the accident had “completely ruined my life and my career”, Miss Lyons said she had been left suffering mental health problems and had attempted suicide three times since.

Although the force is not disputing liability for the accident, it is hotly contesting the payout claim of over £500,000. Caroline Harrison, for the force, argues Miss Lyons' mental health was already vulnerable before the crash.

The hearing continues.

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