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Telegraph wins libel claim over community service report

We secured a victory for the Daily Telegraph over a report that a transsexual convicted of harassing her neighbour had had her community sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal, despite being unable to overturn the convictions. Jan Krause complained about the use of the word “transsexual” in the Telegraph article and alleged that it contained inaccuracies and had defamed her.

Striking out the libel claim at the High Court, Master Kay agreed with David Price QC’s submissions that the claimant had failed to specify the defamatory meaning of the article. He also referred to Tugendhat J’s judgment in Krause v Newsquest Media Group Ltd [2013] EWHC 3400 (QB), that an assertion that her community sentence had been reduced because the work was too physically onerous could not be defamatory.

The judgment can be read here.