Thursday 12 December 2019

Great gran faces €10k bill in failed shop action

A GRANDMOTHER (79) will have to pay legal costs for a failed defamation case involving her 11-year-old great grand-daughter, writes Ray Managh.

Rita Reid, of O'Moore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, who took the case on behalf of Nadia Hassan, also of O'Moore Road, now faces €10,000 in legal costs.

She told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court that in April 2009, when Nadia was nine, they were shopping together in SuperValu, Aston Quay, Dublin.

Ms Reid said she had her own shopping trolley and having paid for her items, she and Nadia left the shop.

The bus pulled up at a stop close to the shop and Nadia ran ahead with the trolley, the court was told.

Ms Reid said a shop assistant ran past her on the street and grabbed the trolley. When she shouted Nadia was helping her, the assistant ran back into the shop. The assistant then locked herself in a room and refused to come out.

SuperValu said there had not been any evidence of defamatory words having been spoken or of the identity of the alleged shop assistant.

Judge Linnane agreed and dismissed the case with an order for costs against Ms Reid.

Irish Independent

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