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Child who saw mum covered in blood is awarded €19,000

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Mother Jillian Johnson. Photo: Collins Courts

Mother Jillian Johnson. Photo: Collins Courts

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Mother Jillian Johnson. Photo: Collins Courts

A toddler who was said to have been psychologically injured when she saw her mother bleeding after walking into and shattering a pane of glass was offered a €19,000 settlement yesterday.

The offer came on behalf of Terenure College Rugby Club and Panda Play Cafe Limited.

When the Circuit Civil Court was told the child's mother thought the settlement should be closer to €60,000, Judge Kathryn Hutton told her the duty of the court was to protect the interests of the child and approved the €19,000 settlement.

Judge Hutton heard that Jillian Johnson, of Station Road, Kesh, Co Fermanagh, had acc- identally walked into a pane of glass in the rugby club at Terenure and had been seen covered in blood by her two 15-month-old children, Willow and Jude Johnson-Rice, both of whom had suffered psycholo- gical injuries.

Barrister Keith O'Grady, for Willow who is now aged six, told the court Ms Johnson had, since the December 2014 accident, accepted a settlement of €36,725 for her own personal injuries.

In February last year the court had approved a €20,000 settlement for her son, Jude.

"The court's duty in such cases is to protect the interests of the infant and it is a very generous offer," Judge Hutton said.