1 Sep 2017

Colin Craig ordered to pay $17k in costs to woman he tried to sue

3:19 pm on 1 September 2017

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been ordered to pay more than $17,000 in costs to a woman he tried to sue for defamation.

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Colin Craig in court. Photo: RNZ / Edward Gay

Mr Craig tried to sue his former employee, Jacky Stiekema, for $240,000 over comments she had made on Facebook in September 2015.

But the case was thrown out by a District Court judge, who said Ms Stiekema's comments had not been widely disseminated, and they were unlikely to have had any effect on Mr Craig's reputation.

In a decision released today, Judge Harrison awarded Ms Stiekema $17,600 in costs.

Mr Craig has appealed the judge's original decision to throw out the case.

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