The family of Sydney teenager, Nathan Chaina, have been awarded $492,373 in damages following his death at a school camp, but it’s only a fraction of the $100 million in compensation they originally claimed.
The Scots College student fell into a flooded river at Kangaroo Valley on October 23, 1999. The 15-year-old was on school camp at the time and was hiking as a part of group of students, that also included his older brother Matthew.
The subsequent coronial inquest found that the school was responsible for the death as they’d failed to properly prepare the students for the tough hiking conditions and had ignored weather forecasts for the day.
The Chainas made moves towards compensation in 2002, claiming the death of their young son had left them suffering from nervous shock and legal fees had throw them into financial hardship.
Nathan Chaina’s father, George Chaina, also claimed that at the time of his son’s death he had been on a revolutionary new cleaning detergent that would have earned them millions of dollars, but that he’d subsequently lost interest in the business.
The sum awarded to the Chaina family did not include interest, which is in dispute and will be the subject of another hearing later this year. Reports indicate that the Chaina family appeared dejected by the courts decisions, who reportedly spent millions of dollars in legal representation since proceedings began.
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