Mr Ernie Anvil took the stand today at the High court in the Strand. This 43 year old deaf man, is suing sat nav giant, TimTim in a unique case that could see the company hit with multiple lawsuits.
Mr Anvil claims, that due to the nature of his disability, he was unable to hear the directions given by the sat nav, and that is why, he ended up travelling along the Khyber pass the wrong way, and found himself locked up in a jail, in Afghanistan, for three weeks.
Mr Anvil, is claiming for the two engines he used getting to Afghanistan. Seven sets of tyres, twelve fan belts, six sets of wiper blades, three windscreens, £17.50 in change for the use of public toilets, eleven headlamp bulbs, a roof rack, three oil changes and a tune up in Landi Kotal that cost him two rupees and his hamper basket.
He is also asking for £22.50 for the windscreen cleaning charges he incurred while stopping at traffic lights in Pakistan.
Lawyers, for TimTim, have stated they will fight all the way to clear the companies name, and produce evidence, that the voice on their sat nav, was not whispering, on purpose.
Mr Anvil's Lawyers say he was bereft of stature in the hearing department and his human rights have been violated because the sat nav had a Chinese accent that whispered so quietly, Mr Anvil thought he had a puncture. He did input directions for Acrington, but being dyslexic, should have had a warning message re his destination from Cleethorpes via Blackpool sea front, that is why he ended up in Afghanistan.
TimTim claim, Mr Anvil should have stopped at Dover, and asked for directions from a member of the public, or a police officer.
Mr Anvil's Lawyers, said his cleft palette made it difficult to understand him, and more often than not, he received the wrong advice.
Judge, Lord Peasmould-Smyth, said he will reserve judgement, because he ended up in a street full of male prostitutes, after putting the wrong address into his sat nav computer.