Court rules on where a jury would hear action taken by former politician Sophie Mirabella against Benalla Ensign

Flashback: Then Labor federal election candidate Eric Kerr flanked by Liberal Party contender Sophie Mirabella and member for Indi Cathy McGowan at a forum last year.
Flashback: Then Labor federal election candidate Eric Kerr flanked by Liberal Party contender Sophie Mirabella and member for Indi Cathy McGowan at a forum last year.

A TRIAL in a defamation case bought by former politician Sophie Mirabella against a North East newspaper will be heard in Wangaratta rather than Melbourne.

County Court judicial registrar James Gurry on Tuesday ruled where a trial in the case, emanating from a Benalla Ensign article alleging Ms Mirabella pushed member for Indi Cathy McGowan, would be held.

He granted an application by the Ensign’s legal team for a trial to be in Wangaratta, after Ms Mirabella’s barrister had argued a jury should hear the matter in Melbourne.

The case relates to an article published in the Ensign in April 2016 which alleged Ms Mirabella pushed Ms McGowan out of a photo opportunity at a Benalla aged care centre.

Ms Mirabella is seeking damages, claiming the article, published when she was the Liberal candidate for Indi, had damaged her career and reputation.

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