29 February 2012
Baby P's natural father seeking £130k libel damages
The natural father of Baby P is suing a media group for £130,000 on the grounds of libel. Legal action on the grounds of libel is being taken against a major media group by the natural father of Baby P, it has emerged.
The unnamed man is suing parent publishing company MGN over an article that appeared in The People in September 2010, which his legal team told the High Court represented "one of the gravest libels imaginable", the Press Association reports.
Within the piece headlined 'Tortured to death as mum turned a blind eye', which was primarily about Peter Connelly's mother, it was wrongly claimed by the newspaper that the man is a sex offender who had been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.
MGN later apologised and offered him damages for this error, but James Dingemans QC - who is representing the claimant - has insisted this is inadequate in relation to the suffering and distress this "completely false" report has caused.
As a result, he is now seeking £130,000 in libel compensation for his ordeal.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson.