Conwoman made bogus pothole accident claim – after drunkenly tripping over dog – Birmingham Live
A conwoman made a fraudulent accident claim against Walsall Council by lying she’d injured her ankle when she tripped over a pothole.
Karen Britton, 45, HAD injured her ankle – but had done as she chased a neighbour’s dog while drunk, a court heard.
Britton, from Harwood Street, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to contempt of court when she appeared at Birmingham County Court as a result of a fraudulent claim for damages she falsely brought against the council.
She was handed a three months jail term, suspended for two years, when she appeared at the High Court in Birmingham on Wednesday (November 28).
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Britton claimed that she had suffered a serious ankle injury as a result of a trip on a pothole in Bradford Street, Walsall, on May 5, 2013.
However, after a five-year probe it was found that Ms Britton had in fact injured her ankle when trying to catch a neighbour’s dog whilst drunk.
Her claim for damages was dismissed by His Honour Judge Gregory, sitting at Coventry County Court, on May 4 2017.
Walsall MBC then brought separate proceedings for contempt of court, against Ms Britton, at the High Court in Birmingham, where they were represented by barrister Gareth Compton.
His Honour Judge McKenna, sitting as a Judge of the High Court, said: “Contempt of Court is an extremely serious matter.
“Fraudulent claims strike at the heart of the Civil Justice system.
“People should be in no doubt that, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the pursuit of fraudulent claims will lead to immediate custodial sentences.”-