Thai girl who lost legs after falling onto tracks loses appeal against SMRT and LTA

Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak (second from left) with her father (extreme left) and interpreter Umparin Boonsinsuk (third from left), outside the Supreme Court on Oct 1, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak (second from left) with her father (extreme left) and interpreter Umparin Boonsinsuk (third from left), outside the Supreme Court on Oct 1, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak has lost her appeal against an earlier ruling that rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) were not at fault for an accident at Ang Mo Kio MRT station in April 2011. The Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed the 18-year-old's claim that SMRT and LTA were negligent by failing to ensure that the station was safe for commuters.

She was 14 when she fell onto the tracks at Ang Mo Kio MRT station on April 3, 2011 and was hit by a train pulling in - leading to one leg being severed and the other being amputated.

In January this year, Nitcharee had lost her claim of $3.4 million in damages and was ordered to bear the costs of the trial, including lawyers fees, incurred by the defendants and the fees of the expert witnesses who testified during the 12-day trial in 2012. After Wednesday's verdict, defendants' lawyer, Mr K. Anparasan of KhattarWong, told the court that his clients would not be pursuing cost "out of compassion, sympathy and goodwill".

Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Nitcharee who was fighting to hold back her tears and her father, thanked Singaporeans for their support and generosity.