Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been dealt another blow at court, with a judge throwing out his attempt to sue a former employee for defamation.
Judge Gary Harrison said at the Auckland District Court it would be a waste of time to let the embattled businessman proceed with his attempted legal action.
“I have serious misgivings that it would be appropriate to keep these proceedings alive,” Harrison wrote, in a decision released on Monday.
Craig claimed he had been defamed by Jacky Stiekema, who previously worked as a trust accounts manager for his company Centurion Management Ltd, and he sought $240,000 in damages.
Craig must have sued more people for defamation than any other person in New Zealand.
Judge Harrison concluded it was highly unlikely court proceedings would prove Stiekema wrong in her denials, and said the Facebook comments in themselves did not warrant defamation proceedings.
He wrote that only one other of Stringer’s 200 friends responded to the message thread, and Stiekema’s remarks would have had little impact.
“I regard the effect they would have on Mr Craig’s reputation as minimal,” he said.
“The costs associated with a trial that would occupy the order of five days, perhaps more, are simply not justified.”
Stiekema was given 10 days to file an application for costs.
The trouble is that any costs granted never come close to covering your time and expenses if you are sued.