THE extraordinary unfairness of the British compensation system was laid bare again this week.
The father of Ben Kinsella’s killer received double the damages for being hurt in a police raid than the tragic victim’s family was awarded after the knife murder.
Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one.
But is a life only really worth £10,000 when Michael Alleyne, who suffered a broken ankle when police had to force their way into his home while looking for his namesake son, gets twice that amount?
How this must stick in the craw of young actor Ben’s loved ones as well as the officers who brought the murderer to justice.
Sadly this is only the latest in a long line of such mismatches.
Many a time have we seen families whose lives have been irrevocably wrecked by murder and manslaughter only for the compensation board simply to award them a set amount of £10,000 or less, regardless of the impact of the killing on their own ability to work and lost earnings.
Really it is not the amount itself; rather its ratio to other, far larger compensation awards made for so much less that enrages me.
We will read of cases periodically where some celebrity will get a vast civil court pay-out for “hurt feelings.”
Or a crook will successfully sue a company for the injuries incurred when he fell through the roof of a building he was trying to burgle.
We live in a crazy and unjust world.