In contrast to some significant legal losses Colin Craig has had a win in a defamation case against ex-Conservative Party board member John Stringer. The case has been settled out of court prior to a scheduled hearing in March.
Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is celebrating winning a defamation case against a former member of the party’s board, John Stringer.
The High Court in Christchurch yesterday issued a judgement confirming that Mr Craig had been defamed by Mr Stringer.
Mr Stringer was found to have defamed Mr Craig in various statements that alleged Mr Craig had sexually harassed his former press secretary Rachel McGregor and one or more other women, and in various statements that alleged Mr Craig had committed business or electoral fraud.
Mr Stringer has retracted his statements, apologised to Mr Craig and settled the matter by payment of a confidential sum.
Mr Craig’s statement said that in 2014 he came under attack from two bloggers, Mr Stringer of CoNZervative Blog and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater.
Both Craig and Stringer have had previous court setbacks in this case.
Slater may now be reviewing his optimistic predictions. He had a major win against Craig when a judge ruled a copyright claim by Craig to be vexatious – see The judgement arrives: Colin Craig cops another one in the chook. Craig is appealing that but he is at real risk there of being seen to be doubling down on vexatiousness.
As well as that there is more to come. Craig is appealing the massive award against him after Jordan Williams one his defamation case.
Also Stringer has a counter claim against Craig for defamation, and Slater also has a claim of defamation against Craig.
The former Conservative Party leader sued a board member for defamation. So why is another trial still going ahead?
Stringer confirmed the defamation case against him had been settled, with a confidential financial payment, by consent yesterday.
However, Stringer added his counter-defamation claim against Craig was still going ahead.
He said this is scheduled for June, shortly after another defamation trial between Craig and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
It’s quite possible Craig could be found to have also defamed Stringer in what was an ugly tit for tat public spat.
There seems to be a lot of money and ego involved in all of this.
It will be interesting to see how Whale Oil reports on this settlement.
The decision does not appear to be online yet. Here are previous decisions in the case: