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Buster Lewin’s case against Braddan Commissioners is thrown out

Charles 'Buster' Lewin

Charles 'Buster' Lewin

An attempt by Charles ‘Buster’ Lewin to sue Braddan Commissioners has been thrown out of court.

Mr Lewin, who is currently in jail after for his part in trying to rig a House of Keys by-election, was dismissed from the local authority in 2007 for gross misconduct.

He was seeking damages for wrongful dismissal and loss of pension rights. He was claiming more than £1million.

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The case was struck out by Deemster Christie in the High Court on Thursday, February 6.

A spokesman for Braddan Commissioners said: ‘While Mr Lewin had always claimed that the damages he was seeking were considerable, he did not produce anything to the courts to substantiate that claim.

‘Unfortunately for the ratepayers the legal costs of this case have exceeded £250,000, however the authority was left with no choice but to defend the action because of his unjustified substantial claim, a stance that was supported with a legal opinion from Mr Philip Coppel QC.

‘We now intend to try to recover these costs from Mr Lewin as well as a substantial sum of money that they have lodged as a counter claim to Mr Lewin’s action.’

The commissioners thanked their legal team, and all their staff ‘who have endured a great deal of pressure and stress over these past four and a half ears as the matter slowly ground its way through the court system’.

The spokesman added: ‘We are encouraged that the unjustified actions of Mr Lewin have reached the correct conclusion and this now allows us to press on with our everyday work and development plans without the unwarranted time and financial restrictions caused by this failed litigation.

‘The authority hope that its ratepayers will now understand that the removal of this liability played a part in the authority’s 6p rate reduction announced last week.’

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