Man apologises to Goffs over posts on social media after sale of horse

Man apologises to Goffs over posts on social media after sale of horse
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The owner of a horse sold in 2011 has apologised before the High Court to bloodstock sales firm Goffs for making allegedly "defamatory posts" on social media about the company.

In a statement read before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds today, Mr James Carney apologised to the court about the posts he made arising out of the sale of a horse called Sensational Sema in 2011, in which he had an interest.

Mr Carney accepted the posts he made were without any basis, and he undertook not to repeat such conduct in the future, and withdrew complaints he made about Goffs and related entities to professional bodies including the British Horseracing Authority.

Robert J. Goff and Co, Goffs Bloodstock Sales Ltd, Goffs UK Ltd, and the three firms' CEO Mr Henry Beeby brought High Court proceedings against Mr Carney claiming he had defamed it in posts on various social media platforms and indirect representations he has allegedly made to various bodies.

Goffs said the allegations are untrue, defamatory and damaging to its reputation and sought damages, to include aggravated damages, for defamation against Mr Carney of Main Street, Arklow, Co Wicklow.

At the High Court today, Rossa Fanning appearing with Gary Compton Bl, told Ms Justice Reynolds that the matter had been resolved between the parties on terms which counsel read to the court.

It was agreed that the court could make certain orders including that Mr Carney takes down or delete all posts made by him on social media concerning the plaintiffs and the horse Sensational Sema where any wrongdoing is alleged.

It was also agreed that Mr Carney would delete a certain account on Twitter, withdraw any complaints he had made to professional and regulatory bodies within the horse racing industry and not make any similar complaints concerning the plaintiffs in the future.

Mr Carney's apology was read to the court by his counsel Neal Flynn Bl.

The proceedings were adjourned by the judge with liberty to re-enter.

This story was amended on July 17

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