As we reported here, a Norwich based MTB instructor was facing a £4 million claim from a former student left paralysed after an over the bars accident during a coach session.
Yesterday the judge hearing the case announced that instructor Leon Maclean was 80% to blame for the accident which took place on a steep section of Holmbury Hill.
The former primary school teacher was described by his legal team as having a ‘passion for mountain biking’ and was not ‘a reckless or authoritarian individual’.
The full details of the case have been reported by the Eastern Daily Express.
The judge ruled that Maclean was negligent in encouraging Mr Ahmed, who had been riding mountain bikes for many years prior to the accident but was still considered a novice by the judge, of riding down the steep slope without first assessing Mr. Ahmed’s riding skills. The judge went to state that Maclean had exposed Mr. Ahmed to serious risk of harm in doing so.
Mr. Ahmed now faces the prospect of receiving a payout estimated to be around £3 million.
The beginners course, costing £79, was designed help riders tackle, “technically demanding terrain in a safe and controlled manner”.