AAt the trial Mr Ward and his witnesses were all in jail for various reasons. His claim proceeded against Mr Butler (who had no legal representation). Mr Butler had not organised any witnesses to give evidence at the trial.
The court found that Mr Butler had been negligent for failing to prevent the boarders from entering an exclusion zone and could have taken reasonable precautions to look after the safety of the boarders.
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