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$85,000 payout for dive firm

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, May 24, 2014

NADI-BASEDbased Tandem Skydive Fiji has won a defamatory case filed against one of its former dive instructors.

The High Court in Lautoka ruled in favour of director Tim Joyce and his wife Susan and awarded the couple $85,000 in damages for defamatory remarks made by Croatian national Darko Tupec on various occasions in March 2011.

According to the Court, Tupec made defamatory remarks towards the plaintiffs and their business which ultimately caused the sky diving business to suffer.

He also circulated a letter to various government departments and agencies that contained damaging allegations against the couple and their business.

High Court judge Justice Anare Tuilevuka explained after considering the facts of the case he was satisfied that the words written and circulated by Tupec and those spoken by other people were capable of defamatory meaning and that they were in fact defamatory in the circumstances of the case.

He concluded that the words uttered by Tupec impute the allegations against the couple and their business.

The court ordered that the $85,000 be paid to all three plaintiffs plus $500 for costs.

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