Saturday 16 December 2017

€50,000 award for 'shoplifter' defamation is overturned

The Four Courts
The Four Courts

Tim Healy

The High Court has overturned a €50,000 defamation award against a shop which allegedly put up a picture of a man on its door with the words "Attention Shoplifters".

Last year, Dublin Circuit Court found Karl Morrison (23) had been defamed by Maxela Ltd, the operator of the retail unit then called Rasputin in Tallaght Village in Dublin. Maxela appealed that decision.

Yesterday, President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said, based on the evidence before him, Mr Morrison had not proven his claim.

Mr Morrison, who was never in trouble with gardaí, claimed he was defamed when in June 2011 he saw his picture attached to the front door of the store.

Maxela Ltd denied the claims and director Max Bulgakov said the store never put up posters of Mr Morrison or anybody else.

Mr Justice Kearns said, in a case with "many twists and turns", he had to decide on the evidence put before the court.

He was satisfied Mr Morrison failed to discharge the onus of proof required.

Irish Independent

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