Twitter troll ordered to pay £40,000 for defaming campaigner

A Scottish Court has ordered a Twitter troll to pay £40,000 in damages after a defamation case was raised against him.

The decision is the first of its kind in Scotland

The case is believed to be the first of its kind heard in Scotland.

The court found he had defamed an equality campaigner by calling her a paedophile via the social network.

David Shuttleton had sent messages with the hashtags “child abuse” and “danger to children”.

The Court of Session ruled that he had failed to lodge a proper defence, and ordered the payment of £40,000 damages and the pursuer’s costs.

Shuttleton told Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper that his victim was “one of the most notorious and infamous extremist homosexual activist fanatics in the whole of Scotland”.

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