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Court to assess damages in defamation suit against Tambourine Army founder Latoya Nugent

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
An order for default judgment against Latoya Nugent was made after she failed to respond to the claim filed by Dr Canute Thompson.

The Supreme Court is to assess damages in the defamation suit brought by former Moravian Minister Dr Canute Thompson against rights advocate, Latoya Nugent.

During the hearing of an ex parte application in his chambers yesterday, Justice E. Andrew Rattray granted an order for default judgment against Nugent after she failed to respond to the claim filed by Thompson.

Nugent, the founder of the advocacy group Tambourine Army, is alleged to have posted comments on Facebook defaming Thompson sometime after the arrest of another Moravian Minister, Rupert Clarke, for sex crimes against a minor.

Yesterday, Rattray also granted an order restraining Nugent from further publishing or causing to be published the defamatory words against Thompson.

Costs are to be paid by Nugent.

Thompson’s attorney, Marc Williams, of the firm Williams, McKoy and Palmer says he will now seek on behalf of his client, to arrive at an amount to be claimed in damages.

The Gleaner has not been able to reach Nugent for a comment.