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Ex turpi causa non oritur actio

A PERSON who, as a result of a railway accident, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to kill someone, could not, as part of his claim for damages in negligence against the train operators responsible for the accident, recover damages for loss of earnings following his detention after the killing in prison, and subsequently in hospital under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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