Saturday 26 January 2013 4.26pm
It is said that the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow, but fine.
In the light of that I want to throw something out there to see what our enlightened contributors think of it, and how they think that it may pan out, or should have already panned out.
Where I live I share a very wide drive with my immediate neighbour to my right, no dividing line or fence, nor raised brick, nothing.
Some 14 months back the neighbour opposite reversed from her drive, on to my immediate neighbour's drive, as was customary for all of us, but in doing so she reversed into my immediate neighbour's car, only gently, causing a small indentation in the rear bumper of the immediate neighbour's car. This was seen by the adult daughter of the neighbour to my left, who saw the offending driver pull back on to her drive, exit her car, and check both her rear bumper and also the rear of the car that she had hit. Presuming that the neighbour at fault would inform the owner of the car that she had collided with, the witness left the scene to go to work. It subsequently materialised that nothing of the sort had happened and it was only when the neighbour to my left asked the neighbour to my right when the damage would be repaired that the injured party learned who the offending party was. On enquiring at the offending neighbour's house as to what they would like to do to settle the matter, the offending neighbour denied all knowledge of the incident. When informed that there was an independent witness the offender not only said that she was not interested, but that her husband felt that the taxi driver who lived next to the neighbour whose car had been damaged, (me), could just as easily be the guilty party! I can only assume that the owner of the damaged car informed her insurers, and that they then contacted the offending driver, as I , not having witnessed any of it, have kept out of it. On the odd occasion that my wife has asked how the case is progressing the injured party has replied, "it's in the hands of my insurers." My best guess is that it will come to a civil court case eventually, and that the offender will inevitably lose and have to compensate the owner of the damaged car, plus any costs that she has incurred, but I find it hard to get my head around the fact that (a), she has denied it all, knowing that there is a witness, and (b), that it will eventually cost her more in paying for the repair plus court costs, when she could have done the right thing 14 months back.