Friday 30 September 2016

Woman wins €7.5k damages for defamation

Saurya Cherfi

Published 16/01/2016 | 02:30

Jodie Hayes was awarded damages of €7,500 in court. Photo: Collins
Jodie Hayes was awarded damages of €7,500 in court. Photo: Collins

A student who allegedly called a security guard a "f***ing a******e," a "d***head" and a "thick s**t" has been awarded €7,500 damages for defamation.

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Jodie Hayes (22) told the Circuit Civil Court she was with friends at the River Island store in the Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin, in May 2013 when she was asked to leave the shop by security guard Wayne Mitchell.

The student and mother of one said when she asked him why, Mr Mitchell had told her 'you know why', and directed her out of the store - embarrassing her in front of friends and other customers.

Hayes, of Rory O'Connor House, Hardwicke Street Flats, Dublin, denied calling Mitchell the names and sued security company Vision Security Group Ltd, of Suite 6 Plaza, 256 Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Ballycoolin. The company denied it accused Ms Hayes of shoplifting.

Mr Mitchell told the court that store management had barred Ms Hayes from the store after she had been very abusive two weeks before the incident, when she was asked to leave the store after one of her friends allegedly removed a security tag off an item.

Irish Independent

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