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Monday 21 April 2014

Solicitor sentenced for cruel slur on McCanns

A retired solicitor who published claims that Madeleine McCann's parents caused her death received a suspended jail sentence yesterday.

Mr Justice Tugendhat said 65-year-old Tony Bennett deliberately flouted legal undertakings not to repeat allegations about the couple.

The judge at London's High Court said that Gerry and Kate McCann (pictured), who have not attended court, had suffered injury to their reputations and feelings and resorted to legal action not to punish Mr Bennett – but to put a stop to his repeated conduct

He said his conduct was so serious that nothing less than a custodial sentence of three months suspended for one year would reflect the harm he had done.

Bennett, who was ordered to pay the costs of the litigation, apologised to the court.

Irish Independent

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