Judge WH Smiths £ 340,000 after shopper, 64, lives injuries after falling through the fierce door in the basement while browsing the cards
- Patricia Rodway, 64, pushed three feet through the doorstep of the store  She had blue through the streets of the high street giant's Taunton branch
- The company apologized for her during her conviction at the Taunton Crown Court
George Martin For Mailonline
The stationary giant WH Smith was fined $ 340,000 yesterday after a customer dropped through a fierce door at one of his stores.
Patricia Rodway, now 64, suffered life-changing injuries as she pushed three feet through the door of a basement in the trading hours in Taunton, Somerset.
The company apologized for the victim under a punishment at the Taunton Crown Court where Judge David Ticehurst fined them to a total of £ 337 500.
The judge said: "This
Patricia Rodway, 64, is said to have fallen Three feet in a basement at the company's Taunton store (image)
"Some other customers surf the card stand s could have been exposed to the risk of falling through the trap door."
He said that Mrs Rodway experienced severe injuries during the fall and spent 17 days in hospital. She went to the store booth and seemed to buy cards when the event occurred.
He said: "These injuries have undoubtedly changed her life. It is quite clear that the effects on her and her lifestyle have been devastating.
& # 39; It's a tragic accident, an unfortunate accident. & # 39;
WH Smith admitted two health and safety fees. The court heard the cellar is no longer used and a civil claim is settled.