Two children who were sprayed with petrol and fumes at a faulty fuel pump, when they were aged only four years and 21 months respectively, have been awarded almost €75,000 damages. The boy’s barrister told the Circuit Civil Court that the older boy now aged 11 and his brother now aged eight, were with their mother at the filling Station as she attempted to put petrol in the family car. The barrister said that on March 27, 2012, the older boy had been splashed and sprayed with petrol from the faulty pump as he watched his mum pour the fuel. The boys sued through their mother who also told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke in a sworn statement, that her younger son, who had been asleep in the back of her car, had also been doused with petrol through an open window. The barrister for the boys told the Judge that the defendant offered the older boy a settlement of €48,775 and his brother €25,300 and he was asking the court to accept the proposed settlements. The court heard that the defendant had been aware of a potential fault in the particular pump for some time but had not closed it off to the public. In medical reports furnished to the court it was stated that both children had suffered shock and subsequent anxiety symptoms following the accident and had attended a number of therapy treatments. Judge Groarke said he considered the settlements to be good ones and appropriate in the circumstances and approved both.