Carmarthenshire blogger Jacqui Thompson says claim she 'attempted to pervert course of justice' hurts most
THE blogger — who lost her libel case against a council chief executive — says she was most hurt by the judge finding that she'd attempted to pervert the course of justice.
Jacqui Thompson discovered on Friday morning that she would have to pay £25,000 to Carmarthenshire's boss, Mark James.
She had sued him for libel following a letter that was sent to councillors, with Mr James also counter suing Mrs Thompson for various blog posts. But Mr Justice Tungenhaut dismissed Mrs Thompson's claim in its entirety and upheld Mr James's counter-claim, awarding him the sum, including £5,000 in aggravated damages.
Speaking from her Llanwrda home, she said she had not heard from police in relation to the judgement.
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She said: "That's probably the worst part of it, out of all the things, that was the one that concerned me the most." She said she had not heard from police since she was removed from a council meeting in 2011 for filming on her phone.
"To have that splattered around the world is difficult, I feel it's caused me the most damage and hurt my feelings."
She added that she felt the judgement had potentially opened the floodgates for similar actions, but said she would continue to attend council meetings — when she'd recovered from the recent news.
"It's the last place I feel like going to at the moment," she said.
"But I do hope to go back if I can. It's not for me to say whether this action will have an affect, but I think it will.
"If nothing else, there will be something of a chill for others like myself." She added her thanks to everyone for their support during the action and the hearing.
Mrs Thompson is in discussions with her lawyers concerning an appeal