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Holiday mum bitten on face by rat as she slept

Published 16/10/2009

An Irish woman was bitten on her face and neck by a large rat as she slept in a Tunisian hotel.

The first that Fidelma Allen knew she was not alone in her bed was when her daughter, Sarah, screamed when she saw the rat on her mum's bed.

Yesterday Mrs Allen, of Knocknashee, Goatstown, Dublin, settled her €38,000 damages claim for an undisclosed sum against holiday firms Budget Travel and Sunway Travel.

Following talks between barristers Rossa Fanning, for Mrs Allen, and David Richardson, for the defendants, the Circuit Civil Court heard the case had been settled.

Public court documents revealed that in the early hours of August 11, 2004, Mrs Allen (57) had been awakened by a slight pinch to her forehead which she had disregarded and had gone back to sleep.

Her claim stated she had later felt a sharper pinch to the back of her neck and had screamed out.

This had awakened her daughter, Sarah, who had told her mum she must be having a nightmare. Seconds later Sarah had screamed when she saw a large rat on her mother's bed.

The pair had been on a week-long holiday to the Bel Air Hotel, in Hammamet, Tunisia, and Mrs Allen had sought medical treatment both in Hammamet and when she returned home.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane was told the case had been settled and, by consent, struck out Mrs Allen's claim with an order for costs in her favour against both Budget Travel Ltd., and Sunway Travel Ltd.

Source: Irish Independent

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