01 May 2012
Judge receives libel damages from media group
Compensation on the grounds of libel has been awarded to a judge from a leading UK media organisation.
Desmond Perry will receive undisclosed damages from the Belfast Telegraph after taking legal action against the newspaper due to an article it published in October 2010, according to the BBC.
Although further information was not released, District Judge Perry took exception to the way in which the piece reported his handling of a case.
The publication's parent company International News and Media - a global group which was founded in Dublin in 1904 - admitted at Belfast's High Court that the article had been defamatory on the basis it had no proof of its allegations.
Gerald Simpson QC, counsel for the defence, admitted the report impugned District Judge Perry's integrity and caused him "considerable distress".
"The defendant now accepts that it was wrong to publish the article and recognises the considerable damage it has done to the plaintiff," he added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney