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Shot and blinded joyrider settles police claim

By Alan Erwin

A joyrider shot and blinded while in a stolen car has settled his legal action against the PSNI.

Stephen Fullerton sued over injuries he suffered when a police constable opened fire in an east Belfast housing estate seven years ago.

Fullerton was due to give evidence at the High Court as part of his assault and battery claim against the police.

But following private discussions the judge was told yesterday a confidential resolution had been reached.

On that basis Mr Justice Gillen agreed to stay the action on terms endorsed, meaning no details can be disclosed.

Fullerton (28) was a front seat passenger in the Vauxhall Monaro stolen by another man from a house in the Dundonald area in January 2007. A two-man police patrol spotted the vehicle on the Comber Road and pursued it into the Rockmount estate, where the shooting incident occurred.

Despite confusion over whether the Monaro had come to a halt, counsel for the plaintiff said one officer discharged two bullets.

One round struck the edge of the windscreen while the second went through his client's arm and hit him on the right side of the head. Fullerton was left completely blind in one eye.

His barrister claimed the policeman who opened fire acted in complete defiance of regulations.

Police contended that the car was being driven at speed towards officers who feared they were under potentially lethal attack.

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