A British vacationer who was absolved of attacking Australia’s previous Rugby Sevens chief James Stannard has won a maligning body of evidence against a TV organize.

Sam Oliver, from Newcastle, said Australia’s Nine Network had wrongly portrayed him as being blameworthy of an “apprehensive” criminal act in Sydney.

He was discovered not blameworthy a year ago.

On Friday, a judge dismissed Nine’s contention that its news report of the decision was reasonable – requesting it to pay Mr Oliver A$100,000 (£54,000; $70,000).

The news report had depicted the episode as “a defeatist punch that finished the profession” of Mr Stannard. It was presented with the words “no punishment”.

Nine contended in court that it was a reasonable report and a statement of sentiment identifying with a matter of open intrigue.

Nonetheless, Judge Michael Lee decided that it had wrongly depicted Mr Oliver as a quitter who had punched an exposed man and demolished his profession.

Nine, one of Australia’s greatest systems, said it was “frustrated” and would think about an intrigue.


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