This was the hearing to determine the Defendant’s sanction for contempt of court, following breaches of a final injunction granted to restrain publication of defamatory reviews online.
The facts of the case are set out in detail in Nicklin J’s earlier judgment ( EWHC 2030 (QB)) and a One Brick Court case note available at https://www.onebrickcourt.com/pirtek-uk-limited-v-jackson-2018-ewhc-2030-qb/.
At the hearing, the Defendant argued against that there was no need for continued enforcement of the injunction, as the website on which his comments had been posted had been closed and only had a narrow audience, and therefore no need for a custodial penalty. These arguments were rejected by Nicklin J, who, in view of the Defendant’s conduct, imposed a penalty of 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.
Caroline Addy, instructed by Irwin Mitchell LLP, appeared for the Claimant.