Sunday 26 March 2017

Birmingham Six member awarded libel damages

Jan Colley

A member of the 'Birmingham Six' yesterday accepted undisclosed libel damages over a suggestion that there were grounds to believe he was guilty.

Paddy Hill, who spent 16 years in prison before his conviction was quashed in 1991, brought British High Court proceedings over a reference to him in 'An Anthology Of Modern Irish Poetry'.

In the preface to a selection of poems by Pearse Hutchinson, editor Wes Davis wrote that Mr Hill was "one of the six men accused, perhaps wrongly, of bombing a pub".

Counsel Lucy Moorman said that this was seriously defamatory of Mr Hill and damaging to the reputation of the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation, which he had set up.

Mr Davis and publisher Harvard University Press agreed to pay Mr Hill damages and his legal costs.

Irish Independent

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