Our thanks to David for this. A very interesting case. The man was awarded damages of £40,000 although he’d paid over £80,000 in maintenance to support a child which his ex-wife knew wasn’t his. So the ex-wife stole more than £40,000 from him. If this is ‘punishment’, I’m a sherry trifle.
The damages should have been £140,000, to start deterring women from this heinous crime.
On the positive side, I believe an award of this size is unprecedented. The highest award I can recall in previous cases was around £15,000. The judge in this case was a woman. We salute her for the £40,000 award, even though it should have been much higher.