Wallace v The County Council of the County of Limerick

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date01 January 1920
Date01 January 1920
CourtCircuit Court
Cir. Cas.,
Wallace
and
The County Council of the County of Limerick

Police sergeant - Compensation - Basis of assessment - Area of levy.

In an application by a widow under the Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Act, 1919, for compensation for the murder of her husband, a sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary, it appeared that deceased's pay was £279 10s. 0d. There were no children, and the widow, aged forty-seven, was his sole dependant:—Held, that while no exact principle can be laid down for the assessment of compensation, the assessment of the sum which would purchase a life annuity for the widow sufficient to maintain her in the same degree of comfort that she had enjoyed during her husband's life is a relevant element, the consideration of which, with the other circumstances, tends to a just and reasonable assessment. Held also, the normal...

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