Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Child porn addict seeks jailing of editor

A convicted user of child pornography, Barry Watters, is to ask a judge to jail 'Star on Sunday' editor Ger Colleran for contempt of court and sequestrate the newspaper's assets.

Barrister Hugh Mohan, for Watters, told Judge Joseph Mathews yesterday the newspaper had driven a coach and four horses through his judgment, which found that 'Star on Sunday' had defamed Watters and directed it to publish an apology.

Mr Mohan recalled that in his judgment in the Circuit Civil Court last week Judge Mathews had ordered that there was to be no repetition of the original libel. Counsel said the libel had been repeated and he would be arguing this when seeking a court order attaching and committing Mr Colleran and directing the sequestration of Independent Star Limited's assets.

Eoin McCullough SC, for the 'Star on Sunday', said he disagreed that an article about the judgment in last Sunday's edition of the newspaper amounted to a contempt of court.

Mr Mohan said the repeat of the libel and gravity of the contempt had been emphasised in the article with a picture of Mr Watters and the headline: "We may have to apologise to this revolting pervert ... Will we mean it? Hell no."

Judge Mathews, in last week's judgment, held that Watters (34), of Hazelwood Avenue, Dundalk, Co Louth, after openly admitting his guilt and seeking psychiatric help for his addiction to child pornography had retained a "residual character" which could and had been defamed by the newspaper.

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