Naked mining director wins €10m libel case

 
Steve Dinneen
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A MINING director was yesterday awarded €10m (£8.5m) after a judge found he had been defamed by false allegations he made inappropriate, naked advances to a work colleague.

Donal Kinsella, a director at Kenmare Resources, had been accused of making three trips to the door of a female fellow director late at night.

The jury accepted the married father of six’s explanation that he was prone to sleepwalking, did not wear pyjamas and had been drinking whilst taking painkillers. The incident took place on a work visit to Mozambique.

Kinsella argued the incident had made him a laughing stock after he was asked to resign as chairman of the firm’s audit committee.

He took particular exception to a press release which he said was suggestive.