Adventurer Mark Pollock, who was left paralysed after falling through the upstairs window of his friends house, is in line for multi-million-pound compensation after a judge has upheld his personal injury claim against Enda and Madeline Cahill.
The 39-year-old Commonwealth Games medal winner, who was the first blind man to reach the South Pole, was staying with the couple in their London home in 2010 when he fell through an open window, suffering catastrophic spinal injuries.
His legal team, led by Mr Christopher Wilson-Smith QC, blamed Mr and Mrs Cahill at London’s High Court, saying the window should never have been left open.
Mr Justice Davis ruled that the open window created an obvious risk for a blind person, particularly on the second storey of a house with nothing to prevent a fall to the ground below.
He ruled: “I am satisfied that the Cahills failed to discharge the common law duty of care they owed as occupiers.
“The open window was a real risk to Mr Pollock. They created that risk.”