07 March 2012
Baby P's father accepts £75k libel damages
Baby P's natural father has been awarded £75,000 in libel damages from MGN. Compensation worth some £75,000 has been awarded by a media group to the natural father of Baby P on the grounds of libel.
The unnamed man - known only as KC - took legal action against publisher MGN after an article printed in The People newspaper falsely accused him of being a sex offender.
Within the piece headlined 'Tortured to death as mum turned a blind eye' - which appeared in the September 19th 2010 edition of the publication - it was claimed that the man had been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.
MGN subsequently admitted its error and granted the man damages, but a High Court appeal ruled this compensation was insufficient for one of the "gravest libels imaginable".
Consequently, KC sought compensation of £130,000 from the organisation but has now decided to settle for £75,000.
Mr Justice Bean commented that the nature of the accusations against the man were "far worse" than in the majority of libel claims.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson.