Loyalist activist Jamie Bryson to sue Stephen Nolan’s executioner ‘Pastor Jimberoo’ for libel
On Thursday, Mr Nolan revealed that he obtained a six-figure sum from the user, who called himself “Pastor Jimberoo”, for a smear campaign against him on Twitter.
Yesterday Mr Nolan also revealed that he had secured an additional five-figure sum – at least £ 10,000 – from a second social media user.
The news coincided with the announcement by loyalist activist Jamie Bryson that he too had taken legal action against “Pastor Jimberoo”.
“I have asked the legal representatives today to take legal action against the individual now identified as being at the origin of the ‘Pastor Jimberoo’ accounts.” Mr Bryson told the News Letter. “These social media trolling accounts have targeted me relentlessly and obsessively not only with defamatory allegations, but also with orchestrated harassment.
“Pastor Jimberoo’s account has repeatedly referred to me as a loyalist paramilitary and ‘UVF spokesperson’ throughout its online trolling activities, allegations that I obviously vigorously deny.
“The first step is to contact KRW Law to provide the details of their trolling client they are acting for. Of course, no privilege is attached to the identity of customers. If this is not provided, an instruction will be requested to request the surrender of the identity.
“I note that KRW Law has been extremely active in prosecuting those involved in unacceptable social media abuse and I imagine this philosophy would continue to prevail.”
“Pastor Jimberoo” apologized to the radio presenter for the personal abuse he subjected him to. However, Mr. Nolan has agreed not to identify “Pastor Jimberoo” or his second online abuser.
Paul Tweed, the leading defamation attorney representing Mr. Nolan, yesterday confirmed the terms of the second case involving the broadcaster.
He said: “My client has agreed to accept a private apology and five-figure settlement from another Twitter user today, in recognition of this individual’s full and frank expressions of regret.”
As part of the resolution, the person responsible for the series of tweets admitted that their posts contained totally bogus accusations against Mr Nolan.
“I fully accept that the allegations complained of were completely unfounded and unfounded and should never have been published,” they said.
“I accept that no journalist is subjected to personal abuse of the nature that I published.
“I apologize to Mr. Nolan for any distress caused.”
They added: “I have since deleted the tweets in question and, as a sign of sincerity, have agreed to pay Mr Nolan damages and cover his reasonable legal fees to date.”
In another case, an anonymous troll agreed to pay the broadcaster six-figure damages on Thursday.
Legal action has been threatened against this Twitter user for a series of posts on the “Pastor Jimberoo” and “Pastor Jimberoo’s Ghost” accounts.
Their identity was found following investigations by Mr. Nolan’s security team.
This individual agreed to lead a campaign against the television and radio star which involved “the systematic dissemination of false and defamatory allegations”.
An online petition had also been created against Mr. Nolan with the aim of undermining and damaging his professional reputation.
The troll offered a wholehearted apology to the presenter and confirmed that the Twitter accounts had been deleted.
Mr Nolan has vowed to prosecute anyone else who has engaged in what he has described as malicious campaigns to undermine him and hamper his journalism.
He said: “This should be a warning to all trolls – you will be hunted.”
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