Student faces arrest for contempt of court

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has issued a warrant of arrest against student Lee Ching Yan after citing her for contempt of court over several Internet postings against her former boyfriend.

Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera ordered a senior assistant registrar to issue the warrant of arrest and that Lee be produced in court.

He also ordered for the details of the warrant to be supplied to the Immigration authorities and to arrest the Master of Business Administration student should she attempt to flee the country.

A jail term could be imposed on Lee, 28, Vazeer Alam said yesterday.

Canadian teacher Lee David Clayworth, 35, had won RM1mil in damages in June over his claims that the student had published defamatory statements and photographs/images pertaining to him in February last year via e-mail, Facebook and various Internet sites.

On Nov 30 last year, the court restrained Lee from making any representations which refer, suggest or make any inference that, among others, Clayworth is a sex maniac, homosexual, unethical, vindictive, immature and untrustworthy.

Vazeer Alam also ordered Lee to remove all the postings in the various websites cited by Clayworth in his claim.

The court had then ruled in Clayworth’s favour and awarded him general damages of RM150,000, aggravated damages of RM50,000, costs of RM30,000 and an interest at the rate of 4% per annum from the date of judgment to the date of full settlement.

Clayworth later cross-appealed on the quantum of damages.

On June 19, the Court of Appeal ruled that Lee has to pay RM750,000 in general damages and RM250,000 in aggravated damages.

Lee denied defaming him but admitted to have stayed with him at the Palmville Resort Condo from August 2010 to January last year.

Lee filed a counter claim against Clayworth for harassment but it was later dismissed.

In his judgment yesterday, Vazeer Alam said Lee had not adhered to the court order by publishing offensive words which humiliated Clayworth and the court.

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