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Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at Cardiff: Cullen

Case Number: E90CF099

 At the Cardiff Civil and Family Justice Centre

10 January 2020

 

Before:

His Honour Judge Harrison

Between:

Zurich Insurance

-v-

Lee Cullen

 


Pursuant to the new guidelines for Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court, please find following details of an order made by His Honour Judge Harrison at the Cardiff Civil and Family Justice Centre on 10th January 2020:

Case Number: E90CF099

Party details: Zurich Insurance v Lee Cullen

Name of Person: Lee Cullen

Lee Cullen has been guilty of contempt of court in that the following grounds were proved:

 

GROUND 6

LEE CULLEN caused to be made a false statement in a document verified by a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth. The statement, namely that ‘Accident date: 6th March 2014’ was contained in LEE CULLEN’s Claims Notification Form dated 23rd October 2014. The statement was false because LEE CULLEN was not involved in any road traffic accident on the 6th March 2014.   At the time that LEE CULLEN caused the false statement to be made he knew that the statement was false or was reckless as to whether it was true or false and the false statement was intended to interfere with and/or was likely to have interfered with the course of justice.

GROUND 7

LEE CULLEN caused to be made a false statement in a document verified by a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth. The statement, namely that ‘What type of injury was suffered? A: Soft tissue, Whiplash’ was contained in LEE CULLEN’s Claims Notification Form dated 23rd October 2014. The statement was false because LEE CULLEN was not involved in any road traffic accident on the 6th March 2014 and did not sustain any whiplash injury in a road traffic accident on that date.   At the time that LEE CULLEN caused the false statement to be made he knew that the statement was false or was reckless as to whether it was true or false and the false statement was intended to interfere with and/or was likely to have interfered with the course of justice.

GROUND 8

LEE CULLEN caused to be made a false statement in a document verified by a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth. The statement, namely that ‘At the time of the accident the claimant was a passenger in …a VW T-SPORTER LL11SAE’ was contained in LEE CULLEN’s Claims Notification Form dated 23rd October 2014. The statement was false because LEE CULLEN was not a passenger in that vehicle on the 6th March 2014.   At the time that LEE CULLEN caused the false statement to be made he knew that the statement was false or was reckless as to whether it was true or false and the false statement was intended to interfere with and/or was likely to have interfered with the course of justice.

GROUND 9

LEE CULLEN did an act that was intended to interfere with the course of justice and/or was likely to interfere with the course of justice, namely instructed Silverbeck Rymer Solicitors to intimate a claim for personal injury arising out of a road traffic accident on the 6th March 2014 knowing that the claim was fraudulent.

And for the particular contempts the court imposed the penalty of 4 months imprisonment in relation to each of the grounds to run concurrently (Total: 4 months).

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