Bray man awarded €10,000 for slan­der af­ter neigh­bour calls him a drug dealer

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BRAY MAN Shane Rowan has said that he can ‘get on with his life,’ af­ter winning a €10,000 slan­der case against a neigh­bour who called him a drug dealer.

‘This has ex­on­er­ated me. I’m very happy with the out­come and can now get on with my life. It’s a mas­sive weight off my shoul­ders,’ said Mr. Ro­han af­ter the case in Wick­low Cir­cuit Court sit­ting in Bray last week.

Barry Pater­son of Black­lion Cot­tages was found guilty of slan­der.

‘He de­stroyed my life, and he tried to de­stroy my char­ac­ter,’ said Mr. Rowan.

Pater­son had fallen out with Rowan pre­vi­ously over park­ing, and had said that a car sales busi­ness he op­erat- ed at Black­lion did not have plan­ning per­mis­sion, be­fore say­ing any­thing about drugs.

‘For some­one to say such a hor­rific thing about me was the most dev­as­tat­ing thing that could have hap­pened,’ said Rowan, who runs a clothes shop on Quinns­bor­ough Road. ‘The case was never about money or com­pen­sa­tion. I just wanted to clear my name.’

Judge Ger­ard Grif­fin said that the al­le­ga­tions were ‘reck­less and ma­li­cious, with the aim of get­ting Mr. Rowan’s land­lord to evict him.’

The Court heard that Pater­son phoned Rowan’s land­lord in Septem­ber 2005 and al­leged that Mr. Rowan was deal­ing drugs. He said that gar­dai had raided the Black­lion premises. He also asked Pater­son how a man of Mr. Rowan’s ‘de­meanour,’ could af­ford BMWs.

Pater­son told the court that he had merely told the land­lord he had ‘heard ru­mours’ and asked if Rowan was ‘in­volved in drugs.’

Pater­son also al­leged that in one con­fronta­tion, Mr Rowan had jos­tled him and emerged from his of­fice bran­dish­ing a samu­rai sword.

Mr Rowan de­nied this, in­sist­ing the sword was a wooden the­atri­cal prop and that he had pointed to a spot on the ground with it and told Pater­son not to come be­yond it. The car busi­ness is no longer in op­er­a­tion in Grey­stones.

Shane Rowan

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