Friday, July 03, 2009

Ex-spouse must pay for mental abuse after break up

An Ontario man who "threatened and harassed" his ex-spouse after they broke up has been ordered to pay $15,000.00 in damages for intentionally inflicting mental distress, plus nearly a quarter million dollars in legal costs.

Law journalist Cristin Schmitz reports in the Ottawa Citizen that Darko Danicic (also known as Danic) deliberately used abusive tactics in a failed attempt to intimidate Traci McLean, his ex-common-law spouse, into dropping her property and spousal support claims.

He wrote McLean crudely abusive letters, denied their romantic involvement, unsuccessfully attempted to get her lawyer disbarred, and threatened to send private intimate photographs of her to her grandmother. Schmitz calls the ruling “unusual, if not unique” in that it awards mental suffering damages in the absence of “assaultive conduct” such as battery or forcible confinement.

- Bill Rogers, Student-at-Law, Toronto

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