Teenager cut her lip on screw inside bun, court told

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A teenager cut her lip after biting into a bun and finding a screw embedded in it, a court has heard.

The now 17-year-old has a fear of biting into food after her experience while eating the bun, one of five her mother had bought at McGettigan’s Bakery in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Barrister James O’Donnell told Letterkenny Circuit Circuit Court that as the teenager, who was 15 at the time, was biting into the bun, she noticed “something fairly hard.”

It was a 17mm long by 1.6mm screw which was embedded into it.

The court heard the young woman sustained a cut to her lip, which healed in around a month.

Mr O’Donnell said her most significant injury was the trauma she experienced and she still has issues about “biting into anything.”

Mr O’Donnell said there had been an offer for damages of 5,000 euro but he did not feel this was sufficient.

He said while she had made a good recovery in terms of her physical injury, she had some “trepidation” when picking up food items and described the experience itself as “quite frightening.”

Judge Francis Comerford did not approve the offer. A later offer of 7,500 euro plus costs was then accepted and approved.