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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Payout over €60k 'Wolf' crash claim blocked by judge

Emily Doyle Stewart
Emily Doyle Stewart

A model who claimed she was left trapped in Kieran 'The Wolf' Ducie's upturned jeep has settled a €60,000 personal injuries claim against the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), the Circuit Civil Court has heard.

However, Emily Doyle Stewart (22) may not receive the undisclosed settlement.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane refused to verify what was described as a practice adopted by the MIBI that could allow identified uninsured drivers to get away with paying nothing.

Judge Linnane refused to strike out Ms Doyle Stewart's "settled" claim, which would have allowed an automatic payout and her legal costs.

The MIBI's payouts to uninsured drivers are funded by motorists who legally pay their insurance premiums.

Properly

Instead, the judge struck out the notice of yesterday's trial and told the MIBI to "do things properly", including insisting on steps to obtain judgment against Ducie (48) that could lead to him paying liability.

Adrianne Fields, for Ms Doyle Stewart, of Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin 17, told the court that the case against the MIBI had been settled and could be struck out.

She said her client had been unable to serve legal proceedings on Ducie, of Lamberstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath.

She said she had negotiated with the MIBI the best settlement possible.

That meant, in accordance with MIBI instructions, that the plaintiff would take "reasonable steps" to obtain a judgment against Ducie. "Normal procedure has not been followed," said the judge. "I am going to strike out the notice of trial."

Ms Doyle Stewart was in Ducie's uninsured jeep when it overturned in January 2016. He was jailed in January for five months for having no insurance but is out on bail, pending appeal.

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