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Child wins Met Police pension case

Child wins Met Police pension case

The child of a man who died after falling down a flight of stairs while on a night out has won a High Court case against the Metropolitan Police.

Bosses at the authority had previously refused to give Tabitha Oxer-Patey, now aged three, a survivor's pension because she was unborn when her father died and her parents were not married, reports Getsurrey.

However, this decision was overturned and Justice Supperstone ruled the Met's decision violated the girl's human rights.

An inquest into the death of PC Richard Oxer ruled the 31-year-old died of fatal injuries sustained after he fell down some steps in a central London pub in June 2010

The officer had been in the force for six years and his partner was four-and-a-half months pregnant at the time

This decision will now mean most survivor's pensions across the public sector will extend to unborn children out of wedlock.

Posted by Chris Stevenson