Burglar Sues Council after Getting Hurt During Operation

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Thomas Buckett (Daily Mail)
Thomas Buckett (Daily Mail)

A teenage burglar, Thomas Buckett, and his family has filed a lawsuit against county council of Staffordshire, England, after he was injured after he broke into a school and got injured in the process.

NY Daily reports that Buckett had broken into the food shop at the Clayton Hall Business and Language College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, with a group of friends before he jumped onto a glass skylight on the roof of the school.

But Buckett slipped and fell through the roof, plunging 15 feet onto a concrete floor, suffering severe head injuries.

In the suit filed against the council, Buckett’s family are saying that they needed to do more to protect their property.

The family initially said that their son climbed on top of the roof to get a football.

However, the court heard that a police investigation determined that the teen broke into the college.

The family lawyers argued that the council had ignored a long-term problem of people trespassing at this site during weekends and holidays.

The judge found that the college did their best to protect their property, and that Buckett was illegally trespassing on the property when he was injured.

The family lawsuit was denied and they were ordered to pay the defendant’s legal fees of approximately 250,000 pounds ($370,000).

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