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Soldier is awarded £128,000 for foot injury

By Rebecca Black

A former soldier who left the Army after damaging his feet during exercises in cold weather has been awarded nearly £128,000 damages by a judge after the MoD was found liable.

John Billett (29) was an acting Lance Corporal in the Royal Logistic Corps when he suffered a "non-freezing cold injury" while taking part in a "potential non-commissioned officer course" near Aldershot, Hampshire, in February 2009, the High Court heard.

He had sued the Ministry of Defence and Judge Andrew Edis analysed evidence at a hearing in London.

Ministry of Defence bosses had admitted liability for 75% of the damage caused but disputed the extent of Mr Billett's injuries – and the consequences of them.

Judge Edis concluded that Mr Billett, who is now a lorry driver, should be compensated under a range of headings – including loss of future earning capacity and the cost of painkilling drugs.

Mr Billett, who had passed the course and been promoted to Lance Corporal, told the judge that he was unhappy about the way he had been treated.

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