Simon Vaughan, the soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan, successfully fought off his wife's claims for a share in his specially adapted house and the majority of his remaining compensation monies.
The Judge, District Judge Richard Chapman, said: “In managing the one million pounds or so that came under her control, Donna made some decisions that both in hindsight and at the time, she should not have made.” Although the he found that she did not intend to use the compensation money for her benefit to the exclusion of Mr Vaughan.
The Court faced a tough decision as it needed to weigh-up the needs of Mr Vaughan's young children and Mrs Vaughan as their primary carer, with his on-going needs due to his severe disability. It is a difficult situation for all concerned but the Court has ultimately achieved a fair outcome.
A wife who divorced a severely wounded soldier after ‘wasting’ a large part of his £1 million compensation has lost her legal battle to get her hands on what was left of the cash. Simon Vaughan, 31, was badly brain damaged and unable to walk or speak properly after the vehicle he was travelling in was blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008. He received more than £1 million in compensation from the Ministry of Defence, which was intended to pay for his long-term care.