Mirabella vs. the Benalla Ensign Damages Awarded
Former district Politician; Sophie Mirabella has been awarded $175,000 in damages, after successfully launching a defamation case against the Benalla Ensign.
The Judge arrived almost in the middle of the two assessments of damages by the Parties – The newspaper calling for less than $100,000, and Mrs Mirabella’s Barrister asking for more than $300,000.
The paper was sued by Mrs. Mirabella for defamation, following a story which said Mrs Mirabella had pushed current member for Indi, Cathy McGowan out of a photo opportunity, during the 2016 election campaign.
The Wangaratta County Court had found in favor of former member for Indi, Sophie Mirabella in her defamation case against the Benalla Ensign.
The article in the Ensign claimed that Federal Independent Cathy McGowan had been pushed by Mrs Mirabella during the 2016 election campaign.
Mrs Mirabella denied the claim and took legal action.
The Border Mail reports that Mrs. Mirabella was grateful that her name had been cleared. The jury of 5 had taken only 45 minutes to come to a verdict.