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Thursday 18 October 2018

'You're lying through your teeth' - couple's €60k taxi injury claims hit dead end

Brian Lawrence outside court
Brian Lawrence outside court
Tina Lawrence

A man who said in a €60,000 personal injury claim that he was jobless had recently been driving a Mercedes-AMG in the UK and was now driving a 2017 Mercedes around Dublin, a judge has been told.

The expensive travel tastes of Brian Lawrence (25), of St Finian's Grove, Lucan, were drawn to the attention of the Circuit Civil Court by barrister Shane English after Lawrence had withdrawn his claim and only minutes after his wife Tina had her own €60,000 claim thrown out.

Memory

Judge Patrick Quinn told Ms Lawrence to step out of the witness box after saying he had heard enough of her evidence to justify dismissing her case.

The judge earlier adjourned her case for five minutes to see if her memory would return with regard to a number of previous claims she was alleged to have made and could not remember, as outlined to the court by Mr English.

Mr English, who appeared for Allianz Insurance, told Ms Lawrence before she left the witness box that he would present proof she was not even in a taxi in which she claimed she had been injured, along with her husband.

While cross-examining her evidence about her claim, Mr English told her she was "lying through her teeth" about previous accidents she allegedly could not remember.

"You have no idea to what extent Allianz Insurance, on behalf of its insured, has gone to in order to defend these proceedings and reject the lies you are spinning," Mr English told her.

"You have not been telling one word of the truth since you got into that witness box."

When Judge Quinn said he had heard enough, Mr English said there were numerous other claims involving people associated with these and other proceedings, and he would produce garda evidence that would state she was not in the taxi.

Mr English said Allianz had brought numerous case hand-lers from Axa, Aviva, Liberty and other insurers who would tell of other numerous accidents and incidents involving Ms Lawrence and her husband.

Inherited

When her husband's case was called immediately afterwards, the court was told he was withdrawing his claim and that the couple had already left.

Mr English said he had been instructed to apply for Allianz's costs both in the case that had been dismissed and the one withdrawn, which was granted by the judge.

Counsel for the Lawrences, after Mr English had referred to the Mercedes Mr Lawrence had been in and was driving, said he had been told that Mr Lawrence had inherited monies and it had not been denied that there had been an accident.

Mr English said the defendants made no criticism of their legal team.

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