Backpacker gets compensation for quad bike injuries

Holly Raper Photo: ITV Granada

A backpacker from Lancashire who suffered "catastrophic" brain damage in a quad bike accident in Tasmania has been awarded nearly 290,000 Australian dollars, the equivalent of £173,000, in compensation.

Holly Raper was working at a farm on Kings Island when she was hurt just days before Christmas in 2011, aged 21.

She would regularly use the quad bike to herd cows, according to local reports.

She remained in a coma for a number of months before being flown home to the UK where doctors confirmed she would need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.

Farmers David and Jocelyn Bowden were ordered to pay Miss Raper's mother, Elaine, the compensation by the Tasmanian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal.