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Man says he didn’t jump out window after row with partner over eating starter

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Jason Platt
Jason Platt

A man suing over injuries he says he sustained in a fall from a third-floor hotel window has denied he jumped after a row with his girlfriend.

"I am not going to jump out of a window because my partner was pissed off because I ate her starter," Jason Platt (43) told the High Court.

Mr Platt, from Liverpool in England, is seeking damages for what he says were life-changing injuries sustained in the fall from the Old Bank House, Kinsale, Co Cork, on February 15, 2009.

He told the court there was "no row, no raised voices and no screaming".

He was being cross-examined in the second day of his action against OBH Luxury Accommodation Ltd with offices at Pearse Street, Kinsale, and company director Ciaran Fitzgerald as a result of the accident.

He has claimed there was an alleged failure to provide him with a safe hotel room and to have appropriate restraining mechanisms or safety bars fitted to the hotel windows.

He claimed he was flicking ash from a cigarette because he was in a no-smoking bedroom when he fell out the window.

The hotel owners deny his claims and say he threw himself from the window following a heated argument with his girlfriend Christine McKenna with whom he had travelled for a Valentine's weekend trip.

Mr Platt had earlier said he opened the right side of the third-floor window to smoke and "trying to blow smoke so no alarm would go off".

The court heard Mr Platt had landed on a pitched roof of a post office building below, and it took a number of hours to free him before he was transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

He suffered fractures to his spine, hip and thigh as well as several rib fractures. After three weeks, he was transferred to a Liverpool hospital.

As a result of his injuries, Mr Platt has claimed he is unable to live independently and has to use crutches and a wheelchair.

John Lucey, counsel for the defendants, put to Mr Platt that his girlfriend had told gardaí he had jumped from the window after they had an argument and that she initially did not go to the hospital with him.

Mr Platt replied: "I did not jump."

The case before Mr Justice Bernard Barton continues.