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FORMER Coober Pedy Area School principal Sue
Burtenshaw will receive damages after the final in a series of defamation claims
was judged in her favour today.
Monday 30 July
Court Reporter Andrew Dowdell
Adelaide Magistrate Bill Morris issued a summary judgment
in favour of Ms Burtenshaw against Yvonne Knueppel, over a series of Facebook
comments made in 2010.
The defamation claim centred around a Facebook page titled
"We do not want Sue back at Coober Pedy at all!!!!"
Ms Burtenshaw took civil defamation action against five
parents and former students, and claimed comments by parents and students on the
site had painted her as an "unfriendly bitch".
She argued the Facebook page had claimed she was corrupt,
bullied staff and parents and behaved inappropriately and that the comments were
an attack on her "professional ability, morals and ethics".
Her lawyer Carey Goodall today said another of the
defendants - parent Priscilla Larkins - had made a defamation payment to his
client last Friday and he had filed a notice of discontinuance in that case.
In March and May, notices of discontinuance were filed for
three other defendants after they agreed to settle out of court.
Mr Morris agreed to make a judgment against Ms Knueppel,
saying that while she had lodged a defence, it did "not disclose any
arguable defence" to the defamation claim.
Mr Goodall said the issue of how much compensation his
client was entitled to was difficult to predict because the defamation had
occurred on Facebook.
"It would be in the range of $10,000 to $15,000 but it
would be a matter for Your Honour after hearing evidence," Mr Goodall said.
Mr Morris listed the hearing for costs in November.
The Teacher's Appeal Board last year ruled the Department
of Education had acted unjustly and unreasonably in transferring Ms Burtenshaw
from her position as principal in July 2010.
Parent fails to attend defamation hearing
court reporter Loukas Founten
Magistrates Court has entered a default judgment against a woman who was accused
of defaming the former principal of the Coober Pedy Area School.
Sue Burtenshaw claimed she was defamed on a Facebook hate page by the parents of two Coober Pedy students and a former student of Gepps Cross Girls High School, where she was previously principal.
Sue Burtenshaw said she was defamed and humiliated
said the trio's comments had damaged her reputation and caused her humiliation.
May, the Magistrates Court was told the claims against the former student and
one of the parents had been settled outside court.
the court has entered a default judgment against the other parent who failed to
attend the hearing.
court was told she had filed a defence months ago suggesting she was seeking
legal advice but had not made any further contact.
matter will return to court in November to assess damages to be paid.
NORTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC
for Round 13 28TH July 2012
Districts 13 goals 7 behinds 85 points defeated Hornridge 9 goals 7 behinds 61
Best players for Roxby 1st D. Pegler 2nd E. Zeptner 3rd C. Gibson 4th J. Chislett
GOALS, Roxby Districts Sporting Club :
E. Zeptner 4 goals J. Watson 3 goals A. Stone 2, J. Kenny 2 goals, J. Mandemaker
Gibson 1 goal each
player for Hornridge 1st B. Casey, 2nd S. Schwartz 3rd
B. Grimston 4th C. Jurek,
Hornridge Sporting Club :
C. Jurek J. Harman 3 goals, B. Casey A. McVilly B. Kelly 1 goal each
Olympic Dam 32 goals 14 behinds 206 points defeated Coober Pedy 1 point (1)
Best player for Olympic Dam 1st D. Summerton 2nd D. Moyse 3rd T. Hornhardt 4th M. Shaw, 5th C. Linn
Goal scorers D. Summerton 19 goals R. Kruger M. Spinks L. Copeland 2goals each M. Freeth B. Harris D. Moyse N. Howard M. Shaw D. Emes C. Linn 1 goal each
Best players forCoober Pedy 1st M. Grava 2nd P. Larkins 3rd K. Larkins 4th R. Williams
DOWNS JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RESULTS
Suns 8 goals 3 behinds 48 points defeated
Giants 2 goals 7 behinds 19 points
Best players for Suns 1st B
French 2nd M Lowe 3rd R Holder 4th E Trethowen
5th J VanKayssen
Goal scorers not available
Best players and goal scorers for Giants
Bulldogs 5 goals 8 behinds 38 points
defeated Hawks 4 goals 4 behinds 28 points
Best players for Bulldogs 1st
L Johnson 2nd H Wellgreen 3rd B Chamberlain 4th
5th C Macgowen
Goal scorers L Johnson 2 goals L Elliot C
Macgowen A McKenzie 1 goal each
Best players for Hawks 1st C
Fennwick 2nd T Harrison 3rd B Daddow 4th H
Goal scorers B Daddow 3 goals T Turner 1
Hawks 16 goals 7 behinds 97 points
defeated Bulldogs 2 goals 4 behinds 14 points
Best players for Hawks 1st A
Ryan 2nd J Mason 3rd J Secker 4th B Daddow 5th
Goal scorers B Daddow 4 goals B Caden C
Trussler 2 goals each J Mason S Caputo M Hansen J Pillar A Ryan B Caden C
Fennwick 1 goal each
Best players for Bulldogs 1st
J Zeptner 2nd R Weetra 3rd E Zeptner 4th L
5th R Moroney
Goal scorers E Zeptner L Holder 1 goal
Giants 19 goals 19 behinds 115 points
defeated Suns 4 goals 24 points
Best players for Suns 1st J
McCarthy 2nd L Weston 3rd E Viljoen 4th K
5th S Bacon
scorers E Viljoen B Gambell L Johnson B Fench 1 goal each
Best players for Giants 1st J
Emmerson Sellars 2nd E Taylor 3rd B Evans 4th M
5th C Taylor
Goal scorers J Emmerson Sellars 6 goals B
Evans 4 goals J Male K Gates 2 goals each B Forrest C Taylor J Dalgleish 1 goal