A former Miss UK beauty queen was belittled in court after she faked an illness while on holiday to claim £4,000 in compensation from Thomas Cook.
Rachelle Noon, 28, and her husband Karl, 31, claimed food at their hotel in Protaras, Cyprus, made them so ill, they were unable to leave their room.
Mrs Noon, who was crowned Miss United Kingdom Supranational in 2011, said she had stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting which lasted three days, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Mr Noon claimed he suffered severe symptoms for ten days, and could not drink alcohol at the wedding. But Thomas Cook discovered Facebook snaps which captured her laughing and smiling on a “party bus” on her way to her cousin’s wedding in the island.
Mrs Noon’s mum Denise Perez uploaded the photo of her, with the caption: “Party bus. Had the most amazing time with all my family. Love this lifestyle.”
Mrs Noon said she was putting on a brave face for the camera, and her husband insisted he held a champagne glass in photographs to be polite.
District Judge Jenkinson highlighted that she was the only one in photographs behaving like a “party animal”.
At Liverpool County Court, Judge Jenkinson also questioned why she did not seek medical treatment immediately, as she was pregnant.
The couple lodged their claim nine months after their week-long holiday at the Anastasia Beach Hotel in June 2015, once they saw an advert for a “no-win, no-fee” lawyer.
Their £4,000 claim was dismissed and they were found guilty of “fundamental dishonesty”.
The Noon’s were ordered to pay Thomas Cook’s £2,278 legal costs.