Woman hurt during sex loses ‘faulty bed’ claim
A BEAUTY salon boss left paralysed after being ‘catapulted’ from her new bed during sex has lost her sevenfigure claim for damages against the bed supplier.
Claire Busby, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, suffered a serious injury to her spine when she fell from the super king size double divan as she changed position.
The 46-year-old was having an affair with wealthy Scots businessman John Marshall, from Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
She claimed the bed was in a ‘defective state’ at the time and took legal action against Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz, which supplied it.
But, announcing his decision on Friday, Judge Barry Cotter found the bed was ‘not defective’ and that Miss Busby’s fall was a ‘tragic accident’.
During the trial, the court heard that the bed was one of five delivered to Miss Busby’s then home, Rosewood House, in Maidenhead, in August 2013 when she was renovating the property.
Miss Busby was injured a week after the bed’s delivery while having sex with her then partner, Mr Marshall.
Mr Marshall, 55, has since married his third wife and lives on the outskirts of Stirling.
Miss Busby told the court she was kneeling in the middle of the bed when she decided to move position.
She ‘swung her legs’ from underneath her, before lying back on the bed with her head towards the bottom end.
‘I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back of the bed,’ she said.
Richard Manders, director of Berkshire Bed Company, said: ‘We are delighted the court has ruled in our favour. We are sorry Miss Busby was injured and we wish her and her family well for the future.’