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£24k paid to worker hurt by leapfrog Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers

Jim Rogers attempts to jump over council worker Lorraine Mallon (dressed in a tomato costume)
Jim Rogers attempts to jump over council worker Lorraine Mallon (dressed in a tomato costume)
Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon. 2007
File photo dated 04/09/07 of Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon during a photocall in the Botanic gardens, Belfast, to launch the 'Garden Gourmet' extravaganza. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 15, 2010. The former city mayor was ruing an expensive slip-up today after his failure to vault a giant human tomato cost his council £24,000. See PA story ULSTER Tomato. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Lorraine Mallon
Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon. 2007
Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon. 2007
Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon. 2007
Belfast Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, attempting to jump over a Belfast City Council employee Lorraine Mallon. 2007
Jim Rogers after his attempt to jump over council worker Lorraine Mallon

A Belfast City Council worker who was injured when a Lord Mayor attempted to jump over the top of her during a media photoshoot has received a settlement payout.

Three years after the incident happened, Lorraine Mallon has received compensation of £24,000.

Dressed as a tomato, Ms Mallon was taking part in the launch of a gourmet garden event in Botanic Gardens.

The then Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, struck her on the back of the head as he attempted to leapfrog over her at the event.

The bizarre incident happened after a number of trial runs as the pair posed for photographs as part of the launch.

Ms Mallon, who worked for the arts section in the council, suffered a slipped disc as a result.

Mr Rodgers said at the time that he attempted the jump at the request of photographers, but he slipped on wet grass and didn’t clear Ms Mallon’s head.

Speaking when the scale of her injuries came to light, he described himself as “absolutely devastated” by what happened.

“I just caught the top of her head and unfortunately I injured her,” the Ulster Unionist councillor said.

“I'm very fit and look after myself, but it was just one of those unfortunate things.”

The accident occurred in September 2007. The case was heard before the courts on Tuesday, and a settlement was made.

Mr Justice Stephens presided over the case, which was brought against the council on grounds of negligence, breach of statutory duty and nuisance.

A settlement payment of £24,021.75 was agreed.

A spokeswoman for the council declined to comment on the specifics of the case, and could only confirm a settlement had been reached.

Mr Rodgers also declined to comment on the case, saying it would be “inappropriate”.

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