Councillor ‘surprised’ by amount of insurance excess costs in Mayoral Court case
By Alan Tristram
The vexed question of who pays out for a defamation case brought against Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan continues to surprise even a sitting councillor.
Cr Cardiff adds:’The correspondence concerning this has been between the Obsornes and the Mayor and this has not been made available to Councillors.
The row centres over claims the Mayor allegedly defamed Raechel and Vince Osborne in the dispute over their macrocarpa hedge adjoining Te Moana Road.
On January the 11th, the KCDC said: “Should the Osbornes claim be successful, costs associated with this matter will be covered by the Council’s insurer.
“The Council has insurance cover that responds to defamation claims.”
KIN understands Mayor Gurunathan is being sued for more than $50,000, and costs — as well as a full apology — for allegations he made in print and on the radio.