Victim of Libel Tweet Receives Compensation of £40,000
A man has received £40,000 in damages after bringing a libel claim against the former Chairman of the UKIP Bristol branch following the publication of a Tweet during the 2015 general election campaign.
In May 2015, a Tweet was posted by UKIP's Bristol branch consisting of a photograph of Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, together with two men. One of those men was Zahir Monir, the Claimant in this action. The Tweet accused Mr Monir of being a taxi driver who had been involved in a criminal act and called on readers not to vote for Labour. The Tweet was written, and posted on @BristolUKIP by John Langley, the Vice Chairman of the Bristol UKIP branch. Mr Monir was not a taxi driver and had never been accused of the criminal act referred to in the Tweet.
Claim Derailed By Compelling Statistics
The Claimant brought a claim following an accident on an amusement attraction. The attraction in question offers riders the thrill of skydiving and hang gliding. Participants wear a full body flight suit that supports the flyer in a prone position. The flight suit is then connected to flight cables and they are swung back and forth in a pendulum motion.
Prior to the ride commencing, customers are taken to an area set aside to put on flight suits.