“The pleadings were insufficiently precise to warrant her joining the respondents as 8th and 9th defendants to the matter.”
Honorable Justice Soraya Ryan, Supreme Court of Queensland
(CMR) The Supreme Court of Queensland Australia has thrown out an application to have CMR and its administrators added to a lawsuit from Simon Courtney. Courtney, a former attorney on the Cayman is suing Compass Media et al for what he claims is defamation in relation to his conviction.
The hearing was held late Thursday evening after he had previously been denied the opportunity to add Cayman Marl Road to the proceedings without proper service of the legal documents.
In what is another final blow to allegations against this publication the Honorable Justice Soraya Ryan refused to add CMR to the existing lawsuit indicated that “the pleadings were insufficiently precise to warrant her joining the respondents as 8th and 9th defendants to the matter.” The hearing lasted 14 minutes.
Courtney was convicted in Cayman courts on a number of offenses related to a “hit and run” incident in which ran down an elderly American couple with his car after spending the day at a Ritz champagne brunch. He then proceeded to leave the scene of the accident before later being arrested by the police.
His lawsuit which is seen as legally frivolous is against all media houses in the Cayman Islands and includes the Cayman Compass, Cayman News Service, iNews and other parties. Whilst these entities have simply reported on his case and trial and the subsequent outcome he claims they have defamed him and is suing for some $5 million.
Referring to the outcome of these proceedings CMR content manager shared:
“We are pleased that the court saw the obvious frivolousness of this application even at the earliest stage. It appears to us that Courtney should spend his time rebuilding his life in a more meaningful way instead of trying to re-write what was clearly a bad time in his life.”
The applicant appeared for himself.