Facebook ‘paedophile’ page operator sets up fund to help pay court costs

The gofundme page set up by Joe McCloskey.
The gofundme page set up by Joe McCloskey.

A Limavady man at the centre of a landmark verdict involving the Facebook page he operated that “named and shamed” paedophiles in Northern Ireland has established an online fundraising page he said is to help him pay court costs.

On Friday, a High Court judge ruled that a convicted child abuser who featured on the Facebook page was to be awarded £20,000 in damages.

In a landmark verdict, Mr Justice Stephens held that both the social media giant and page operator Joe McCloskey were liable for misusing private information. He also ordered that the ‘Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators 2’ profile at the centre of the lawsuit is to be terminated.

On Friday afternoon, following the ruling, Joe McCloskey set up a ‘gofundme’ page. He confirmed to the ‘Journal’ he created the page to help him pay court costs.

On his own Facebook page, Mr McCloskey wrote: “I just can’t afford to do this on my own...”

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Mr. McCloskey said “more than half” of what is raised via the online fund will go to the family of a victim he has identified while the rest would go towards paying court costs. He said the page would run for “about a week or so”. On Friday evening more than £700 had been donated.