Businessman wins £35,000 slander payout from woman who told church congregation that he had threatened to slit her throat because her married son was seeing his daughter

Mail Online | 7/19/2015 | Richard Spillett for MailOnline
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A business tycoon falsely accused of threatening to slit a church-goer's throat has won £35,000 in slander damages at the High Court.

Raj Dhir, 75, was not willing to let pensioner, Annie Saddler, get away with it after she accused him in front of a church congregation.

Mrs - Saddler - Son - Andrew - Relationship

Anger flared because Mrs Saddler's married son, Andrew, was in an on-off relationship with Mr Dhir's daughter, Reena.

Mr Dhir and his family deeply disapproved and the falling out caused a crisis at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Meanwood Road, Leeds.

Members - Church - July - Dipute

About 90 members of the church gathered in July 2015 to discuss the dipute.

And, in front of everyone, church member Mrs Saddler, aged in her 70s, said Mr Dhir had 'threatened to slit my throat.'

'liar - Yesterday - Mr - Justice - Nicklin

Condemning her as a 'liar' yesterday, Mr Justice Nicklin said there was no truth in the accusation.

Mr Dhir, boss of Harewood International Products LLP, had suffered serious harm to his reputation, the judge added.

Compensation - Mrs - Saddler - Costs - Bills

As well as having to pay him £35,000 in compensation, Mrs Saddler will now be hit with massive legal costs bills.

The judge said Andrew Saddler had been...
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