Litigation Writs 03/10/95

Michael Parri-Hughes, former managing director of Cray Systems, of Frimley, Surrey, is being sued for damages for allegedly failing to use reasonable skill and care in his work. Cray's writ claims damages for breach of his employment contract and damages for breach of trust and confidence during his time as managing director and head of sales and marketing of Cray-owned company Message Handling Systems, Watford.

Writ issued by Shoosmiths and Harrison, Reading. C167

Moors murderer Myra Hindley is being sued for libel damages by author Mark Leech. Leech, of Kingswood, Avon, is claiming damages for alleged libel from Hindley which are said to have been held in a letter she wrote which contained allegations he had hoodwinked her into signing an authority to approach publishers. Leech claims the letter was sent to The Sun where it was seen by features editor Mike Ridley. The writ says his reputation as a writer, author, journalist and playwright suffered.

Writ issued by Leech in person.

A Blackpool woman alleged to have married a man suffering from senile dementia, is now being sued by him for nearly £500,000. Andromeda May Prest faces a claim on behalf of Arnold Brierley through his personal representative. The writ says Prest, who met Brierley in 1988, learned that he was a wealthy man and is said to have "conferred sexual favours" on him. It says he became afraid of her and wholly under her dominance. In January 1989 he left his home to live with her and it claims that by April 1989 he had given her more than £267,000. However, it is alleged the money was handed over as a result of "undue influence" and that Brierley, who later married Prest, did not have the mental capacity to make such gifts.

Writ issued by Iliffes Booth Bennett, Buckinghamshire.

The publisher of Andrew Morton's book on Princess Diana, Diana, Her New Life, is suing for damages after a new chapter was published in Australia. Michael O'Mara Books is claiming damages from ACP Publishing Pty, of New South Wales, Australia, and an inquiry into damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages, for alleged breach of a written non-disclosure agreement made on 6 June 1995 over the publication of the new chapter in the paperback edition of the book.

Writ issued by Wedlake Bell, London WC2.