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Mother fined for branding teacher gay, paedophile, rude

Top court upholds previous sentences on moral damages, slander

Mother fined for branding teacher gay, paedophile, rude

Rome, August 16 - A mother who repeatedly branded her son's teacher as gay, rude and a paedophile in retaliation to his having flagged bad behaviour in the classroom by the youngster was fined 800 euros by a top criminal court for defamation and for moral damages sustained by the man in question. Thirty-eight year old Simona P. from Sardinia will be forced to pay the fine for having said the English teacher at the school which was attended by her son was "a gay" on the phone during a conversation with a school employee. The woman also went on to call the teacher a "paedophile, gay and rude" in another phone conversation she had with the school head. The woman had appealed previous sentences at the Court of Cassation, saying she had been acting in "legitimate defence" out of concern for her son, claiming the "English teacher wanted to hug him, since he is gay". Simona P.'s attempt to also claim she was simply passing on rumours about the sexual preferences of the teacher circulating in the school were also rejected by the Tribunal, as prosecutors called for the mother to pay the damages to the teacher who the mother "with much anger" slandered "in a continuous manner". Her attempt at justifying her action was rejected by the Court of Cassation appeals judges, upholding an earlier April 2012 verdict and also a previous one issued by a Justice of the Peace in July 2011 with the new sentence n. 35105.

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