Court rules in favour of Terry Flowers in defamation case against Seven

The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia has ruled in favour of Terrance “Terry” Flowers in his defamation claim against Channel Seven.

The case was originally flagged in November after Flowers was wrongly identified in a Seven News report as the abductor of Cleo Smith.

A statement from O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, Flowers’ lawyers read that “Justice Peter Quinlan, today entered judgment in open court for Mr. Terrance Flowers in his defamation claim against Channel Seven”.

Flowers, of Karratha in Western Australia, is also known as Terrance Kelly, his mother’s maiden name.

“The judgment was entered pursuant to consent orders agreed to by the parties.” It was noted by the judge that the proceedings had otherwise been settled on confidential terms, and congratulated the parties on reaching a resolution.

Mr. Flowers was represented in court by barrister, Sue Chrysanthou SC, a defamation specialist, who represented Christian Porter last year in his suit against the ABC.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors said they are happy with the outcome and that Flowers is “looking forward to getting on with his life and enjoying time with his wife and baby son”. The lawyers also request that the privacy of Mr. Flowers and his family is respected going forward.

Seven was contacted regarding the settlement and had no further comment to make at this point.


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