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Facebook ‘keyboard warrior’ faces £100k bill for libel and harassment

Related Member(s):
Catrin Evans QC
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Media and Information Law

An online “troll” who started a Facebook “hate campaign” which falsely accused an animal lover of kicking her dog has been forced to pay £100,000 in libel and harassment damages and costs.

Samantha Walker wrongly accused Kim Suttle, a care home manager, of beating her dog and posted a video on Facebook and YouTube which received more than 130,000 views. Ms Suttle received a ‘torrent’ of abuse online which lead to threats of violence and forced her to leave her job. The judge, Mr Justice Nicklin, awarded Ms Suttle £40,000 in general damages and £10,405 special damages and ordered Ms Walker to also pay the legal costs. He also granted a permanent  injunction to prevent a repetition of the harassment and libels.  The judgment can be found here.

Catrin Evans QC was instructed by Brett Wilson Solicitors and represented Ms Suttle.