Southwark Crown Court has fined a pub owner £15,000 and his company £55,000 with £26,500 costs after a heavy planter fell on a customer. The court heard that the planter weighed over 50kgs and was standing on the window ledge above where 49-year-old Margaret Jackson was sitting. When a resident opened the outward-opening window, it dislodged the planter and the impact caused Mrs Jackson a fractured spine, severe head wounds, and resulted in her staying in hospital for nearly three months.
It transpired that Westminster City Council had previously ordered the original sash window to be reinstated as the new unit had been installed without planning permission. Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith remarked that the planter was positioned where dislodgement carried a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury and death, and if the defendant had undergone