Soldier left unable to walk or speak properly after being injured in Afghanistan goes into divorce battle over £1million compensation

  • Simon Vaughan, 31, was awarded £1.1m after he was left brain damaged when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province
  • Cpl Vaughan and his wife, Donna, 33, separated in February 2013
  • She is entitled to make a claim on his compensation to help her bring up their two children 
  • Cpl Vaughan’s case will be heard today by a family court judge in Telford 

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A soldier left unable to walk or speak properly after suffering horrific injuries in Afghanistan risks losing his specially adapted home in a divorce battle.

Corporal Simon Vaughan, 31, was awarded £1.1million after he was left severely brain damaged when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province in 2008.

He also suffered a shattered pelvis, broken back and collapsed lungs in the Taliban attack in Musa Qala. His injuries were so severe that Army doctors were convinced he would not survive the flight home. They had pinned an obituary to his bag.

Cpl Vaughan and his wife, Donna, 33, separated in February 2013 and she is entitled to make a claim on his compensation to help her bring up their two children. However, much of the money is understood to have been spent.

Cpl Vaughan’s case will be heard today by a family court judge, sitting in Telford, Shropshire, who will decide how much money Mrs Vaughan should have, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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The court could order Cpl Vaughan, who was serving with 29 Commando regiment, to sell his bungalow in Shropshire, which was bought for £295,000 in 2009 and specially adapted for him.

However the house was so structurally unsafe it had to be demolished and rebuilt, draining Cpl Vaughan’s finances. He is now understood to have only £200,000 left.

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Cpl Vaughan’s finances have run so low he had faced representing himself in court for the divorce proceedings, despite being able to communicate only with the aid of a computer.

However, Julian Ribet, a partner with Levison Meltzer Pigott, said his legal firm had taken on the case free of charge.

Mrs Vaughan’s lawyers declined to comment ahead of the court case.

culled http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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