The wife of a convicted sex offender is suing radio broadcaster Ray Hadley for defamation after he called her "vile" and a "grub" on air.
Sydney fish-and-chip shop owner Kim Anne Ahmed opened her case against Hadley in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday.
She claims Hadley destroyed her reputation in three broadcasts in 2008 and 2009 on radio station 2GB.
Her husband, Emran Ahmed, was convicted in July 2007 of aggravated indecent assault over an incident in which he forced himself on a teenage girl who had just begun working at his fish-and-chip shop.
He received a 12-month good behaviour bond after his wife pleaded with the magistrate not to jail her husband.
Hadley turned on Mrs Ahmed on air because she continued to support her husband and because she took out an AVO against the young victim's father, who allegedly began "circling" the seafood shop.
In an interview with the victim's father in May 2008, following a failed District Court appeal by Mr Ahmed, Hadley described the seafood shop owner's supporters as "vile".
Later in the broadcast, Hadley said that if either Mr Ahmed or his "grub of a wife" still owned their shop, "they should completely and utterly be sent out of business".
In October the following year, he described Mrs Ahmed in another broadcast as a "silly, silly woman" and said the AVO she took out against the victim's father was "frivolous, vexatious and without substance".
Her barrister, Clive Evatt, QC, told the court: "In some ancient cultures when a man was guilty of a crime he was burnt at the stake and they burnt his wife and children as well."
"We don't do that here."
Hadley's lawyers will argue in his defence that the broadcaster was reporting on a matter of public interest and his comments were substantially true.
The case continues.