Boat fire pastor stays on full pay but duty to re-pay church helps in $700k win

Ireland v B & M Outboard Repairs [2015] QSC 084

A Townsville outboard motor repair shop has been held liable for severe injuries sustained by a customer as a result of injuries caused by its workmanship.

Colin Ireland’s Haines Hunter half-cabin exploded at the Oyster Point jetty around 4am on an April 2006 Monday, just as he was about to embark on sea trials in the boat off Hinchinbrook Island.

A “confident, amazing man” who with his wife, led their own congregation of worshippers to become a vibrant Christian Life Centre, the boat explosion sent him into a “world of his own” with diminished capacity for ministering and a developing attraction to vodka.

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Reproduced with the permission of Carter Capner Law

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