Norfolk

Burns victim in legal action for £2m from landlord

Michael Billings
Image caption Michael Billings is disputing the amount of compensation

A Norfolk woman left with severe burns in a flat fire has started a £2m legal action against her former landlord.

Layla Skalli, 20, suffered 80% burns during a fire in Norwich in April 2009.

Michael Billings, 55, from Barsham, near Beccles, was jailed for 30 months on 7 May when he admitted 14 breaches of health and fire safety law.

Ms Skalli's lawyers asked the High Court earlier to continue an order "freezing" £2m of Mr Billing's assets the claimant wants as compensation.

Mr Billings is disputing both liability and the amount of compensation.

Ms Skalli's lawyers said her injuries and their effects should result in a £1.6m damages pay-out, plus interest of £400,000.

Judge Thornton QC extended the order but no case has been fixed for the full hearing.

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