Woman who fractured skull falling off rickshaw at boozy ball loses fight for £50,000 compensation


A WOMAN who fractured her skull falling off a rickshaw at a boozy ball has lost her legal fight for £50,000 compensation.

A judge told Sophie Ashraf, 28, that she was a “big girl now” who had to take responsibility for her own safety.

Ms Ashraf was a guest of an Army cadet at the Sandhurst charity night.

She went for a ride at the end of the night but fell when the driver, a stranger, let go of the rickshaw’s handles.

Miss Ashraf, a catering firm boss from Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, fractured her skull and suffered back problems.

She sued the academy in Berkshire, claiming there should have been danger warnings.

But Judge Christopher Lethem rejected the bid at Central London county court.

He said: “They say she is a big girl now, she can decide what she wants to do and if an injury occurs, that is her problem, not Sandhurst’s.”

“I take the view that this is a case where there was an obvious risk of a possible accident…that risk would have been obvious on a sober assessment of the situation.

“She should have reasonably appreciated that this was an inherently risky enterprise.”

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