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Paedophile's 'intrusion' compensation cut

By Alan Erwin

A convicted child abuser who featured on Facebook pages set up to name and shame paedophiles in Northern Ireland is to have an award of damages cut from £20,000 to £2,000, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Senior judges yesterday slashed the scale of compensation to the sex offender.

Facebook was sued along with so-called paedophile hunter Joe McCloskey over an online forum operated by the Limavady man.

A sex offender, identified only as CG, issued proceedings after his photograph and details appeared on the page 'Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators 2'.

In a landmark case in 2015, the High Court ruled in favour of CG's right to privacy, with both the social media giant and Mr McCloskey held liable for misusing private information.

It awarded CG total damages of £20,000, with Mr McCloskey liable for £15,000 of that amount.

Mr McCloskey, who was also held liable for harassment, abandoned his attempt to overturn the findings against him.

But Facebook pursued an appeal.

A hearing yesterday decided the appropriate level of damages.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with two other senior judges, described the interference with CG's rights as "modest".

He confirmed that the £20,000 award against Facebook was being reduced to £2,000.

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