27 October 2010
Women wins libel action against newspapers following Baby P death
A woman has accepted compensation awards from two separate news sources after she filed a libel grievance claim against the publications.
Social worker Sylvia Henry, who works as a team manager in the London Borough of Haringey, took action against the London Evening Standard as well as the Daily Mirror and the Independent due to three articles published in the newspapers with regards to her treatment of Peter Connelly, more commonly known as Baby P, according to the Press Association.
Peter died after being neglected at his home in north London in November and there was widespread media speculation that the social care services system in the UK had failed him.
To this end, all three of the Evening Standard, the Daily Mirror and the Independent published pieces in which Ms Henry was said to have contributed to his death due to her negligence.
However, the woman has now been awarded compensation after these comments were ruled to be libellous.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett