Burns teen’s $11.8m suit against host to be defended

Paris Turkington before and after she was burnt at a backyard party.
Paris Turkington before and after she was burnt at a backyard party.

A TOOWOOMBA mother being sued for almost $12 million over her alleged failure to ensure the safety of a teen seriously injured in a backyard fire has filed her intention to defend the suit.

Paris Turkington was 16 when she suffered third-degree burns to 42 per cent of her body after accelerant was thrown on an open fire at a house party in August 2013.

The burns survivor filed the personal insurance claim in the Supreme Court on July 15 this year, naming Kissane Locke as the respondent in the $11.8m suit.

Ms Turkington's suit claims Ms Locke, the host parent of the party in 2013, failed to adequately supervise the party.

Ms Locke has retained Brisbane firm Barry Nilsson Lawyers to defend the claim set to be heard in the Supreme Court.

The notice to defend the $11.8m suit, which alleges Ms Locke failed to adequately supervise a party at her Harristown home in August 2013, was registered with the state's highest court on Friday.

When contacted by The Chronicle, senior associate Janelle Barron, representing Ms Locke, said they would not be making a comment regarding the suit.

Ms Turkington still wears a burns pressure suit for up to 23 hours a day, according to the Supreme Court file.

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