12 December 2007
Grandmother wins £7k after fall that cracked spine
A grandmother who fell into a stream on the way back from a New Year celebration has been awarded £7,000 in compensation.
Helen Trueman had tripped over on a dilapidated walkway near the water, fracturing her spine after attempting to grab hold of a non existent fence and falling down an embankment.
Commenting on the incident, she said: "I was knocked unconscious when I fell off the bridge because the handrail was missing.
"I was walking home arm-in-arm with my friend Linda Graham. When we got to the bridge, I put my arm out for the handrail and it wasn't there," the Daily Record reports.
Aberdeenshire Council, which is responsible for maintaining the walkway in question, was ordered to pay out the sum to the 62-year-old by sheriff Kieron McLernan at a hearing.
With its headquarters in Woodhill House, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Council was established in 1996.