The Facebook admin of the page dedicated to the dead soldier, PTE Dominique Sarron Lee, has announced that PTE Lee’s family intends to appeal the High Court’s decision on the case.
The High Court on Mar 3 struck out a lawsuit brought against the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The family of PTE Dominique Sarron Lee sued SAF, as well as his platoon commander and the chief safety officer of the exercise, alleging negligence on their part.
The soldier had died due to an allergic reaction in a training exercise after a platoon commander threw six smoke grenades, even though regulations specified no more than two grenades were to have been used.
All three defendants argued that there is no reasonable cause of action and that the suit is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process. The Judicial Commissioner agreed with the defendants, and besides dismissing the case he also asked the family of PTE Lee to pay the legal costs of the defendants.
The Facebook admin, Ng Xian Wen, said that the family intends to appeal the decision because they want to “seek justice and equality for Dom and all other past, present and future NSFs and men.”
The family however has only till 2 April to lodge the appeal and they would need a security deposit of $60,000 (excluding legal costs) to file the case in the Appeals Court.
“This is not a small sum and all we want to do is to help out as much as we can,” Mr Ng said.
“We have all been touched by Dom one way or another. This is an opportunity for us to return the love and kindness he had shown us over the years,” he added.
Mr Ng further encouraged the readers of the Facebook page to give PTE Lee’s family all the support they need to come up with the security deposit. They hope that the funds raised will not only cover the security deposit, but also the legal costs for the family.
Any excess funds collected will be donated to a charity of PTE Lee’s family’s choice, said Mr Ng.
If you want to donate towards this cause, this is where you may do so: http://bit.ly/1plyk9y.