Image of late Wexford woman used in 'violent and pornographic' movie, court told

Image of late Wexford woman used in  'violent and pornographic' movie, court told

The High Court has heard the image of a missing Wexford woman was used without permission in a violent and pornographic American horror movie.

The family of Statia Purcell are trying to stop further distribution of the film 'Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort' which they say is selling well in the run up to Halloween

The disappearance of Mrs Purcell this day last year sparked a nationwide search partly assisted by a photograph of her taken by the 66-year-old's son in law.

Her body was found eight days later in a tributary of the River Barrow. It is believed she died of a heart attack.

Recently neighbours got in touch with the family to say they had seen the very same photograph appear in a film by Twentieth Century Fox called Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort.

It was described in court by the family's lawyers as a movie of gratuitous violence and pornography.

The court heard Statia Purcell's image appears between scenes of extraordinary horror on a board of missing persons – but in this photo she has been turned into a man – which has caused her family great upset..

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan has refused their request for a court order restraining further broadcast or distribution of the film without giving the other side a chance to have their say and the case will return to court next Wednesday.


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