Judge reserves ruling in curling team defamation case

A JUDGE has reserved his ruling in a defamation action by a former skip of the Scottish women's curling team.

Gail Munro, 43, of Stranraer, is seeking 50,000 damages from Derek Brown, 44, who was the national coach at the 2008 world championships in Canada.

Miss Munro, now an ice rink manager, was dropped by Mr Brown after a series of defeats.

The decision led to friction in the camp and Mr Brown said he was informed that Miss Munro had rejected a request to return to the ice. He gave a media interview and it was reported that Miss Munro had refused to play for her country.

She insists that no such request was made, and that she was defamed by Mr Brown's assertion that she had turned her back on her country.

She said earlier in the hearing that she had first became aware of the allegation through a publication produced at the event.

Mr Brown, now director of high performance for the US curling association, based in Wisconsin, is contesting the case.

Lord Doherty, who heard three days of evidence at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, said he would announce his decision in due course.

After winning their initial game at the tournament, the Scottish team suffered a string of defeats.

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