Plebgate officer seeking £200,000 damages in Andrew Mitchell libel claim

The Guardian:

The police officer at the centre of the “Plebgate” row is seeking up to £200,000 damages from the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, it has emerged.

PC Toby Rowland is suing Mitchell for suggesting the officer was not telling the truth about the dispute at the gates of Downing Street in 2012.

Documents submitted to the high court by Rowland’s lawyers say that the claim is justified on the grounds that his reputation has been damaged by Mitchell’s remarks after the incident, and that he has suffered “great distress, humiliation and upset”.

GIven no investigation to date has found definitive proof either way, this is a fascinating issue for the court.  Who is more believable and what is the penalty?

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