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Complainant Name:
Mrs J Charles

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:
Mrs J Charles of Powys complained about an article which reported on the inquest into the death of her neighbour, Kathleen O’Shea. The complainant disputed the contents of Mrs O’Shea’s suicide note which suggested that she had taken her own life because she could no longer take the behaviour of her neighbours. The complainant said that every incident and accusation made against her family over the years had been fully investigated by the police. Following the inquest and a further investigation into the police’s handling of the previous accusations, the CPS advised that no action was to be taken against the complainant or her family.

Resolution:
The newspaper defended its position by pointing out that the article was an accurate and privileged court report of the coroner’s remarks at the inquest into Mrs O’Shea’s death. However, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper attached the police statement – confirming that the CPS had advised the police that no further action was to be taken against the complainant and her family – to its files, both paper and electronic, so that the remarks of the coroner were not repeated.

Report: 72



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