LENOX NAPIER has been found guilty of defaming Euro Weekly News owners Steven and Michel Euesden.
Blogger Napier, former owner of Euro Weekly News predecessor The Entertainer, was convicted of severe criminal defamation by an Almeria court.
He was said to have sullied the name of the Euesdens in a series of online articles, blogs, and expat forums.
Michel said: “We see this as a victory for everyone who has suffered from online abuse and bullying.
“Napier’s loss has proved that lies are lies wherever they are published. The internet is no hiding place for people to spout defamatory comments and get away with it.”
The case was heard at the end of January.
Napier told the court he had been ‘cheated’ by the Euesdens, after they failed to pay money they owed him at the end of a three year buyout process of the paper, The Entertainer.
He said the pair illegally rebranded the paper as the Euro Weekly News, but continued the edition numbers where the entertainer broke off.
Michel Euesden told the court Napier had defamed her, her husband and their business in a series of online articles.
Steven Euesden said Napier had defrauded them to the tune of 53 million pesetas, after trying to sell them a newspaper that he didn’t in fact own.
Sentencing to follow.