Andrew Wheatley sues Mark Golding
Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley (left) and Opposition Spokesman, Mark Golding
The embattled Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley has filed a lawsuit alleging defamation against the Opposition spokesman on Finance, Mark Golding.
Golding, who is the Member of Parliament for South St Andrew, is also the Treasurer of the People’s National Party. He is being sued in relation to a post that appeared on his Facebook page about two weeks ago, in which he raised questions about the arrest of a man and whether said man was known to Wheatley.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court by attorney-at-law Carolyn Reid-Cameron and Chuck Cameron.
Golding will have to indicate within a matter of weeks whether he will settle the claim, dispute aspects of the claim or file a counter suit.
According to the claim form, Golding used his Facebook account in an attempt to discredit and destroy Wheatley’s integrity.
The Minister is seeking general and exemplary damages as well as aggravated damages. And he has asked the court to grant an injunction barring Golding from republishing what it he claims are the defamatory words.
The lawsuit claims Mr Golding, who is a former Justice Minister, has failed to apologise. It said he knowingly exposed his defamatory comments to over 6,000 people and that his words were “maliciously published on or around June 14, 2018.”
According to Wheatley’s attorneys, he has suffered professional harm and embarrassment. They claim he has been bombarded by calls from friends, associates, acquaintances and various media personalities who enquired about Golding’s comments.