A French judge has seen fit to award five Michael Jackson fans €1 each in damages related to the severe emotional distress they suffered upon the pop singer's death in 2009.

As per the BBC, 34 Jacko obsessives filed a lawsuit against Dr Conrad Murray who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. Five of these claims have been deemed successful and apparently the price of just one euro has been applied to their distress.

The five in question - two French, two Swiss and one Belgian - were all members of Michael Jackson's Community fan club and came armed with a series of witness statements and medical certificates to support their lofty "emotional damage" claims. 

Emmanuel Ludot, lawyer to the five claimants, commented to AFP: "As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognized. They have been subjected to ridicule and I am delighted their suffering has been taken seriously."

Dr Murray won't actually come out of this €5 worse off as Ludot has said that the damages sought were purely symbolic but we understand they have requested to be given permission to visit Jackson's grave in Los Angeles which is closed to the public.