Husband left dripping in blood after wife beheaded by gate seeks £110m damages

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    A traumatised husband who was left splattered in his new bride’s blood after she was beheaded by a swinging metal gate in a national park is demanding $140million (£113m) in damages.

    Ludovic Michaud was enjoying a camping trip with Esther Nakajjigo, 25, when he felt “something wet” before turning around to realise his wife had been decapitated by the gate, that had sliced through the side of the car in the face of strong winds.

    The tragedy unfolded on June 13, 2020 whilst the pair explored Arches National Park in Utah to celebrate one year since they had started dating.

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    Esther, who had been wearing a T-shirt that read: "Everything hurts and I'm dying” to poke fun at her husband at taking her camping, was praised as an extraordinary activist in court.

    The remarkable woman had been born in extreme poverty in Uganda before working to improve the lives of local girls and winning an award from the United Nations at the age of 17.

    Impressive Esther was also a United States Department of State Young African Leader and attended the 2018 European Development Days in Brussels as a European Commission Young Leader before creating a hugely-popular TV show in Uganda.

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    She later moved to work in Colorado, USA, where she met her future husband Ludovic.

    During the grim accident, the 26-year-old bloke was covered in so much blood that witnesses thought he was the one who had been injured.

    He was left so traumatised that he still can’t stand the smell of copper and says that the multi-million pounds demanded in damages is justified because his late wife was so special.

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    Heartbroken Ludovic, who is filing the damage claims alongside Esther's family, said his late wife was "one in a billion” and said the eye-watering level of damages is justified as she would have gone on to do more great things.

    The gate had been unsecured for two weeks before the disaster, despite national park requirements supposedly preventing gates from swinging.

    But Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nelson said the demands were too high and reckons a settlement will propose $3.5m (£2.8m) for non-economic damages and $752,000 (£617,000) for economic damages.

    The case continues.

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