Air crash boxer awarded pounds 1.4m

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A boxer disabled for life in the Kegworth air disaster was awarded record damages of pounds 1.425m in the High Court.

Stephen McCoy, 23, a former top amateur middleweight boxer in Northern Ireland, was 16 when the Boeing 737 London to Belfast shuttle crashed on the M1 in Leicestershire in 1989. He was left brain damaged and partly paralysed by the crash, which claimed 47 lives, and is looked after by his family. The damages will be paid by the airline, British Midland, and the engine manufacturers and suppliers, who admitted liability.