Cyberbullying Ottawa restaurant owner gets bail

An Ottawa restaurant owner found guilty of libel against a restaurant reviewer has appealed the decision and was released on bail Tuesday just five days into her 90-day jail sentence.

Marisol Simoes, 42, was found guilty in September of sending lewd emails to the boss of Elayna Katz after the Ottawa woman posted bad reviews of her restaurant, Mambo Nuevo Latino, in 2009.

Simoes also set up a fake account under Katz's name on an adult dating site after Katz visited Simoes' ByWard Market restaurant and complained about the service.

She was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail and two years probation and ordered to take an anger management course, receive mandatory counselling and work 200 hours of community service.

Simoes has appealed the decision.

Her release on bail Tuesday comes after she posted a $5,000 bond and a surety posted a $5,000 bond on her behalf.

Simoes also owns the sushi restaurant, Kinki, in the Byward Market.