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Ikea Monkey mom forced to pay up

Yasmin Nakhuda ordered to pay 83 thousand dollars to the primate sanctuary she sued...

An Ontario court has ordered the woman who calls herself the Ikea monkey's ``mom'' to pay more than $80,000 to a primate sanctuary she sued.

Yasmin Nakhuda lost ownership of Darwin the monkey after he escaped from her car in December 2012 at an Ikea store in Toronto.

Animal services nabbed the monkey and sent him to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., who Nakhuda sued in an attempt to get Darwin back.

An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled in September that the monkey is a wild animal, and based on case law that means Nakhuda lost ownership the minute Darwin made his great escape.

The court released a decision on costs today, ordering Nakhuda to pay the sanctuary and its owner $83,000, which is in addition to her own legal costs.

Lawyer Kevin Toyne represented the sanctuary pro bono, but the court said it is still appropriate in some such cases for lawyers to get some reimbursement for their services from the losing side in a lawsuit.

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  1. john posted on 01/17/2014 01:54 PM
    file for bankruptcy problum solved .
  2. karen posted on 01/17/2014 02:06 PM
    The courts continue to pound home the message - DON'T DARE TRY TO ENFORCE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS!
    Wouldn't it make sense to introduce proportionality right from the start?
    1. Peter posted on 01/17/2014 04:03 PM
      @karen .
      Thank you for your comment Karen

      I think maybe that Yasmin Nakhuda 's motherly instincts are quite strong.
      Perhaps a mother of a real child would also sue.

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  3. Steve posted on 01/17/2014 02:16 PM
    I guess if you choose to keep a wild animal out of it's natural habitat you should be prepared to pay for the consequences. No sympathy for this moron.
    1. karen posted on 01/17/2014 04:40 PM
      @Steve What about calling a sanctuary a cage and using a pet monkey as a fund raising tool? I'm sure the monkey has no affinity for the cage but misses uts human family.
  4. Peter posted on 01/17/2014 04:00 PM
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    This is why no one has sued Mayor Ford, and Mayor Ford has not sued anybody.
    - because it is too darn expensive ! , -just a waste of money.

    Rip off the lawyers, don't sue ! - settle it privately.



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  5. sandra posted on 01/18/2014 10:21 AM
    pro bono is pro bono
    what is she paying for
    this is ridiculous--just goes to show how crooked our legal system is
    hopefully the lawyer donates it to a good cause of his choosing
    don't agree with treating wild animals like children but not sure a cage in a sanctuary makes me feel any better
  6. john posted on 01/18/2014 10:53 AM
    she should have moved to a country that allows people to have monkeys . she should to go the Canada supreme court and let this so called story book shit hole or whatever it is called . . on the evidence that thay accused her of beating the monkey .
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