EX-LIBRARIAN TO APPEAL
A former school librarian behind a defamatory letter claiming her former boss was a bully is to appeal a judge’s decision to make her apologise. Rai Valley woman Faye Leov, and her husband Bernard Leov, are appealing the judgment of the Blenheim High Court last month, which found them liable in defamation for the contents of a letter sent by Dunedin writer Susan Dunn in September 2012. Justice David Collins said in his decision on August 29 the letter was ‘‘calculated to injure’’ former Rai Valley Area School principal Loretta ‘‘Muff’’ Newton’s reputation by ‘‘exposing her to hatred, contempt or ridicule’’. The Leovs are seeking to have the judgment set aside, including the judge’s recommendation under the Defamation Act that requires them to send a correction and apology to all those who received the letter and also publish that correction and apology in the Marlborough Express and Nelson Mail.