Wagatha Christie: Coleen Rooney’s message was clearly a “ thriller ”, judges judge by rejecting “ three ellipses ” defense


Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies the charges and is suing Ms Rooney for libel damages.

In a judgment on Friday, Judge Warby ruled that the “natural and ordinary” meaning of Ms Rooney’s posts was that Ms Vardy had “regularly and frequently abused her status as a loyal follower of Ms Rooney’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun newspaper of Ms. Rooney’s private messages and stories “.

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Announcing his decision, the judge said the meaning he had determined was “essentially the same as that of the claimant”.

In his ruling, Justice Warby said Ms Rooney’s message was “a thoughtful message, using wording composed with some care,” adding: “It would be clear to the ordinary reader from the start that it was intended for the serious and intended to convey a message. message of some importance. “

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He also rejected Ms Rooney’s claim that she was simply referring to Ms Vardy’s Instagram account, rather than Ms Vardy herself.

The judge ruled: “I certainly don’t think the ordinary reader would take that one word (narrative), albeit repeated, to indicate that Ms. Rooney remains in doubt as to the identity of the culprit.”

He added: “There is nothing in those words, other than the word ‘account’, which in any way suggests that the behavior Mrs Rooney complains about may have been committed by someone other than the incumbent. account, Mrs. Vardy. “

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Judge Warby also ordered Ms Rooney to pay Ms Vardy just under £ 23,000 in costs for Thursday’s hearing.