AN EXASPERATED High Court judge has today struck out several ongoing defamation cases brought on by Cork businessman Denis O’Brien, stating that the Maltese resident actually needs a good name first in order to protect it, pointing to the findings of the Moriarty Tribunal and his serial litigation cases as to the basis of his ruling.
Mr. O’Brien, who has had more defamation court cases than this publication has researchers to estimate, was told by Judge Harry Williams that in order to put forward anymore cases that Mr. O’Brien will now have to prove that he does indeed have a good name.
“It’s just not looking good, Denis,” Judge Williams explained to the 60-year-old’s vast team of well paid barristers and solicitors, “do you not see a pattern here, lads? Do you not find it unusual that all these people that you’ve been claiming defamed your client, may actually have a point? As in, no smoke without fire?
“There’s only so far a name can be claimed as good through the courts until everyone starts thinking otherwise,” he added, now turning to the now sour faced businessman, “Mr. O’Brien, you actually have to be famed in good light in the first place to be defamed. And going on the general mood of just about every single person on this island, your good name is questionable. I’m struggling to find the point of all this anymore, other than your own self delusion about how everyone should perceive Denis O’Brien. Comprendé?”
Judge Harry Williams threw out all of the Digicel main shareholder’s current cases on foot of him failing to proving his good name.