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The wife of the "Yorkshire Ripper" mass murderer lost a libel suit on Friday against a British newspaper that said she had an affair with a Greek man who looked like her husband.

The High Court in London ordered Sonia Sutcliffe to pay the News of the World 300,000 pounds ($570,300) in court costs, nearly erasing her gains from a string of successful lawsuits against the British press.

The jury verdict was Mrs. Sutcliffe's first loss in seven years of court battles.

Ms. Sutcliffe, whose husband, Peter, was jailed for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women in Yorkshire, won about 334,000 pounds (now worth $635,000) in libel damages from previous cases.

In a December 1988 article, the News of the World said Mrs. Sutcliffe, 40, had a "sizzling" affair in Greece with a Greek holiday company chief but kept her marriage a secret.

"I feel sick. I've been kissing and caressing the wife of a monster," it quoted the man, George Papoutsis, as saying.

Mrs. Sutcliffe, legally separated but not divorced from her husband, denied having an affair with the handsome, bearded Papoutsis during the May 1988 trip.

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