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Administrator General of Jamaica sues Government

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Administrator General of Jamaica has sued the government and a local company to recover damages arising from alleged negligence resulting in the drowning of 36-year-year-old Marcel Peters in December 2000.

Peters, an engineering analyst and his family and friends had gone to a housing complex in St Ann to spend the weekend when he drowned in a swimming pool.

The Administrator General, which is acting on behalf of Peters' estate, is claiming damages for negligence and statutory duty.

In court documents the Administrator General claims that Peters was a visitor at the premises.

It is further contended that he was swimming in the pool, owned managed and controlled by the National Insurance Fund (NIF) and or the Village Green Management company when he drowned.

The Administrator General contends that the NIF and the management company jointly or individually, failed to observe safety regulations and breached the duty of care because there was no provision for a life guard to be on duty.

The defendants, who are the Attorney General and the Village Green Management Company, are denying liability.

They say a warning sign was posted stating that there was no life guard on duty and swimming was at your own risk.

The case came up for hearing yesterday in the Supreme Court but it was adjourned to allow for the wife of the deceased to give evidence by video link from overseas.


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