Kinley v Devine

Defamation – Communication – Defence of veritas. Court of Session: In an action in which a former MP's office manager asserted that he had defamed her in statements alleging criminal misconduct and impugning her honesty, the court held that the defender had communicated the statements to persons other than the pursuer, they were not in substance true, and were made maliciously, and therefore the pursuer had proved that the defender had defamed her. An appropriate award for solatium was £15,000.

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