25 October 2011
George Best's sister awarded libel damages
Compensation is to be awarded to the sister of football legend George Best on the grounds of libel.
Barbara McNarry took legal action against three separate media outlets - the Daily Star, Daily Mail and OK! magazine - after they published stories with quotes attributed to Best's son Calum alleging she had sold off some of her sibling's awards and trophies unfairly.
For instance, a piece appeared in the Daily Star in October 2010 under the headline 'Calum Best: How can my aunt flog dad's treasures?' that gave apparent details of the fact Ms McNarry was auctioning items off without consent.
However, such points were labelled "unfounded and unjustified" in court as it emerged that the executor of the estate of her brother - the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger who passed away in 2005 - had advised her to do so.
Accusations made in the other publications were found to be similar, meaning all three organisations agreed to award Ms McNarry damages.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas