Is there any liability for negligence against a hotel for failing to prevent a man from attacking another patron in a beverage room?

Saskatchewan, Canada


The following excerpt is from McGeough v. Don Enterprises Ltd., Cavalier Enterprises Ltd., J.P. Management Ltd., J.P. Enterprises Ltd., Coffey and Kinakin, 1983 CanLII 2236 (SK QB):

Estey, J., concluded in the Cuellet case (supra), at p. 433: Even if it be assumed that the mere presence of the defendant in the beverage constituted an ‘unusual danger’, it must be of such a nature that it was known to the defendant hotel or its employees, or ought to have been known. I do not think that the evidence establishes knowledge on the part of the defendant hotel of a propensity by the defendant to physically attack another patron in the beverage room, nor were facts given from which an inference could be drawn that the defendant hotel or its employees should have known of such a propensity in the defendant. Therefore, I do not think that liability can he attached to the defendant hotel on the basis of the principle set out in Indermaur v. Dames, supra.

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