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Undergraduate Wins Compensation after being Dropped by Drunk Student

A natural sciences student at Cambridge University, suffered serious personal injury after a night out ended with her being injured by a fellow student.

Twenty year old Emily Farbrace, from Dover in Kent, was enjoying an evening with friends at the Ballare (Cindies) nightclub in Cambridge, when fellow student Ben Shaw, a twenty year old computer science student, scooped her up in his arms and ran with her across the dance floor.

However the drunken prank went disastrously wrong, when Mr. Shaw tripped and crushed Miss. Farbrace against the club’s bar, breaking her pelvis.

Miss. Farbrace was so badly injured in the incident that she was forced to miss her second year exams, which she claims has put her future career at a ‘huge disadvantage’.

Mr. Shaw pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault and was sentenced to complete eighty hours of unpaid work, he was also ordered to pay his victim £3,800 in personal injury compensation and £130 in court costs. The student was also suspended for a year by the University.

The injured undergraduate described Mr. Shaw’s behaviour that evening as “completely reckless” and stated that she had made it obvious that she did not want to be carried by pushing against the accused and shouting her concerns.

Mr. Shaw apologised to Miss. Farbrace in a letter, which stated that he had been devastated by what had happened, adding that it was never his intention to hurt anyone.

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