Call to pay child abuser £100,000

A convicted child abuser should be awarded up to £100,000 in damages for being featured on a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland, the High Court heard yesterday.

Counsel for the sex offender claimed the breach of his privacy was among the most severe cases in the UK. A judge was also told he plans to split any payout between compensating his victims and giving money to his own family.

The man, who cannot be identified, has brought a potentially landmark lawsuit against Facebook and page operator Joe McCloskey.

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He is claiming misuse of private information, harassment and breaches of the data protection act. Proceedings began after the man’s photograph and details appeared on the social networking site last year.