29 July 2011
Christopher Jefferies wins libel case
A number of newspapers have been forced to pay damages to Christopher Jeffries due to their reporting of his questioning by police regarding the murder of Joanna Yeates.
The young woman was killed in Bristol last year and Mr Jeffries, her landlord, was made a prime suspect and arrested by police, leading to the media printing a range of stories on him.
Mr Jeffries has now won his libel case against newspapers including the Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, the Daily Mail, the Daily Record, the Daily Express and the Daily Star - with damages thought to be into six figures.
His solicitor Louis Charalambous stated the titles will also apologise to Mr Jeffries for the articles they ran about him.
"Many of the stories published in these newspapers are designed to 'monster' the individual, in flagrant disregard for his reputation, privacy and rights to a fair trial," he said.
Vincent Tabak has since pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Yeates and faces trial in October.
Posted by Chris Stevenson