The case of Lindsey Goldrick Dean v Paul Curran and Curran Consulting
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After 13 years of suffering harassment at the hands of her troll, Paul Curran, harassment lawyer Yair Cohen helped Lindsey Goldrick Dean get her life back.
In a landmark case, Cohen Davis Solicitors have taken the place of the police to finally put an end to the longest recorded campaign of harassment in the UK.
The case, which was concluded on 9 July 2018 at the High Court in London, saw another online trolling victim wins damages and a court order to restrain her troll from ever harassing her again.
Yair Cohen a lawyer from Cohen Davis Solicitors who specialises in harassment law and helps harassment victims win cases where the police is unable to assist, said that “there was little justification for the police to leave Lindsey Goldrick Dean to fend for herself in view of the overwhelming evidence against her harasser Paul Curran.”
In addition to being awarded undisclosed amount of damages, Mrs Goldrick Dean’s barrister read a statement in open court setting out the extent of her harassment.
Throughout the period of harassment, Paul Curran harassed his victim by designing and publishing websites, some of which were named after his victim and all of which contained materials about her, including a mixture of offensive, private and/or confidential information.
He then e-mailed, telephoned, and sent post to her friends and family, to bring the said websites to their attention. He deliberately ‘search engine optimised’ the offensive websites to try and ensure that they ranked prominently on a search of his victim’s name and bought a Google banner advertisement which included a photograph of his victim and a link to one of the websites.
He continued by creating two user accounts on Twitter, using his victim’s name. To each account, he posted messages containing his victim’s photograph and a link to one of the websites. Like many of the online harassment cases that our harassment lawyers take on, this case was challenging, as we were facing an evasive and a particularly difficult internet troll, with knowledge and understanding of computers, websites and SEO, who despite having plenty of opportunities to do so, refused to take responsibility for his own actions.
Nevertheless, eventually our harassment lawyers forced him to arrived at the right outcome and he was forced to pay his victim damages, apologised to her and accept and order that he will never harass her again.