Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Vertigo woman high-rise 'perverse'

Judges have ruled against a local authority official who said a 16th-floor council flat was suitable for a woman who suffered severe vertigo

A local authority official made a "perverse" decision when concluding that a 16th-floor council flat was suitable for a woman who suffered severe vertigo, judges have said.

Hayat El-Dinnaoui's husband, Fadi, took legal action against Westminster City Council after failing to persuade staff to offer them a flat on the ground or first floor, the Court of Appeal was told.

An official who dealt with the case thought that Mrs El-Dinnaoui would settle "in time", the court heard.

But three appeal judges ruled against the council, following a hearing in London.

They said the official had not given "proper weight" to medical evidence when deciding that the flat in Maida Vale, central London, was appropriate.

Mr El-Dinnaoui had appealed after a county court judge ruled in the council's favour.

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