Friday 24 May, 2019

Judge orders woman to pay $75K in Facebook defamation case

A judge has ordered a woman to pay $75,000, after she posted a false claim against a prison officer on Facebook in 2016, stating that she left her children unattended alongside the road.

Justice Madam Margaret Mohammed handed down the ruling on June 1.

On 24 January, 2016, the Defendant, Ama Charles wrote and published the following words:

“Trying to get on to Heidi Joseph she left her kids in the road at my home and I am unable to contact her. Anyone with information or who can relay the message please assist asap?? Beyond the Tape Ian Alleyne, The TV6 News.”

Charles admitted to publishing the words on her personal Facebook page but she denied that she caused the publication on the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Facebook page.

She also denied that the words have a defamatory meaning.

However, in delivering her judgement, Justice Mohammed said the reasonable person reading the post would have concluded that the claimant was an irresponsible mother for leaving her children by the road unsupervised in front of the house by a third party whom she did not know.

 

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