Widow must wait for pay-out ruling

A widow whose husband died in a shredder at a Norfolk recycling plant faces a two-week wait to hear whether she will be able to claim full damages of £400,000 from the company.

A widow whose husband died in a shredder at a Norfolk recycling plant faces a two-week wait to hear whether she will be able to claim full damages of £400,000 from the company.

Kevin Arnup, 36, was killed when he was pulled through a paper shredder at MW White in Station Road, Kettering-ham, near Norwich, three days before Christmas in 2003.

Mr Arnup - known as Arnie - and his 15-year-old son, Jason, had both climbed inside a blocked paper shredder when it started up again.

Colleagues pulled Jason to safety, but were unable to save his father.

Mr Arnup's widow, Melly, of Bowers Avenue, Norwich, is now suing the company for more than £400,000 for the death of her husband, who had been working at the plant for six years.

A two-day hearing at the High Court in London, which concluded yesterday, has sought to ascertain whether Mrs Arnup can be granted the full £400,000, or whether insurance payments already made should be deducted.

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The company had argued during Wednesday's hearing that £229,000 had already been paid out to Mrs Arnup and should be deducted from the final damages award.

Judge Richard Seymour told the court he would reserve judgement for two weeks.