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Landlords sued over ‘unstable’ balcony railing fall

LANDLORDS of a Kingscliff home are being sued after a woman allegedly fell from a rickety wooden balcony railing.

Katherine McCallum says she suffered a catastrophic spinal injury when she plummeted four metres to the ground after sitting on the railing at her rented home in 2012.

She landed on her feet, but the force of impact caused a "bursting type" fracture of her spine, which led to spinal cord damage, she told the court.

Her landlords, Phillip Reynolds and Anneliese Reinhold, applied to NSW Supreme Court for permission to interrogate Ms McCallum over whether she had been drinking alcohol or taking medication before the fall.

They are yet to file their defence.

Justice Stephen Campbell found a pre-trial interrogation would be inappropriate and dismissed the landlords' application, ordering them to pay Ms McCallum's legal costs.

The matter will return to the courts at a later date. - ARM NEWSDESK



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